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Published at 5:49 p.m. ET November 24, 2018 | Updated 5:49 p.m. ET November 24, 2018
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HEADER, Ala. – Protesters on Saturday marched through a shopping mall in Alabama where the police killed a black man whom they later acknowledged was not the trickerman in a Thanksgiving Night shooter who hurt two people.
An officer shot and killed 21-year-old Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford, Jr. of Hueytown, while responding to the Thursday shooter. The police said Bradford fled the scene with a weapon.
The Hoover police told the reporters Bradford had shot a teenager at the mall but later withdrawn the statement.
“We knew it was false,” said stepmother Cynthia Bradford when she heard that the police blamed him for the shot. She described her stepon who passed EJ as a respectful young man who is the son of a police department manager in Birmingham.
Hoover Police Capt. Gregg Rector said investigators now believe that more than two people were involved in the first fight before shooting, and that “at least one shooter” is still as big as our manager.
Police said Bradford “may have been involved in any aspect of suspicion that he probably did not burn the rounds that injured the 18-year-old victim.” The rector said the police regret that their first statement about Bradford was not correct.
More than 200 protesters, including several relatives, chanted “EJ” and “no justice, no peace” when they marched over Christmas buyers at the mall. They held a moment of silence in place outside a shoe shop where Bradford was killed.
“They should never have killed him,” said Emani Smith, Bradford’s 7-year-old sister while other family members cried.
Family members described their horror to find out from social media that Bradford was dead. Video circulated on social media in Bradford located in a pool of blood in the gallery.
Carlos Chaverst, an activist in Birmingham who organized the protest, said when the authorities acknowledged that it did not kill the true shooter “sent us in rebellion.” He said they want justice for the family and he urged the police to release body cameras and monitoring materials. More protests will be held in the future to keep officials responsible, he added.
“When we found out about this event, there were questions from the jump. People were upset for a man to be shot and killed by the police in our own back yard,” he said.
The event began the Thanksgiving evening with a battle and shooting in suburban Birmingham at Riverchase Galleria, a mall full of Black Friday bargain hunters. An 18-year-old was attended twice and a 12-year-old opponent shot in the back.
Alabama law enforcement agency is investigating the incident because it is an official involvement. Hoover Police Department conducts its own internal investigation.
The officer who shot Bradford was placed on administrative leave while the authorities investigated the shot. The officer’s name was not released in public. Officers were not injured.
Bradford appears in Facebook on an army uniform and describes himself as a combat engineer. However, an army spokesman told the Washington Post that he “never completed advanced individual training” and so did not earn.
Videos published on social media by buyers showed a chaotic scene that shoppers escaped from the mall which closed for the rest of Thursday night.
A witness, Lexi Joiner, told Al.com that she was shopping with her mother when the shooting started. Joiner said she heard six or seven shots and was ordered, along with some other shoppers, to a cover cover cover.
“It was scary,” Joiner said.
A woman who described herself as a mother of injured 12-year-olds posted on social media that the girl was on a black Friday shopping trip with other family members when the shot occurred, and did not immediately realize that the pain in the back was from a bullet.
“She hurt a lot, but very brave and positive as always,” the mother wrote after seeing the girl when she came to a hospital.
The Hoover police said Friday morning that the girl was in stable condition.
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