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Galleria shooting suspect's mother, lawyer say mall video will clear his name

Ebony Brown (center) spoke to local media about her son Erron Brown. Police say he fired the first shots inside the Galleria Mall on Thanksgiving night. (Stephen Quinn | abc3340.com)

The mother of the man accused of firing the first shots inside a Hoover mall broke her silence on Wednesday to ask for patience before judging her son, whose name she believes will ultimately be cleared.

Ebony Brown described her son, Erron Brown as an all-around good guy. Brown said she has talked to her son in the Jefferson County jail where he remained Wednesday on a $125,000 bond on a charge of attempted murder. His lawyer declined to say whether he would be able to post bond.

Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) said Brown shot 18-year-old Brian Wilson inside the mall on Thanksgiving night.

"It's very hurtful knowing that my son's name is being out there like that. That's very hurtful to see him on the (television) screen. As a mother you wouldn't think that," said Brown.

Brown's defense attorney Charles Salvagio won a discovery motion Wednesday in Jefferson County Court which granted him the ability to view any surveillance or body camera footage of the shooting.

The motion is a formality until ALEA concludes its investigation and turns over all evidence to the Jefferson County District Attorney. An ALEA official told ABC 33/40 News there was no time frame for when the investigation will be finished.

Salvagio said video from the mall would show Brown was not the "instigator" of the fight which led to gun fire inside the Galleria mall on Thanksgiving night. Brown's mother said her son was not friends with Emantic Bradford Jr. who was killed by a Hoover police officer responding to the shooting. Brown's lawyer insisted they weren't strangers either.

"This was not about a pair of shoes. These people knew each other. This could have happened anywhere. Somebody wanted it to happen at the Galleria and that's all I've got to say," said Salvagio.

Salvagio and Brown's mother declined to answer specific questions about the shooting or why Brown was captured at a family member's house outside Atlanta.

"Let the facts come out before you starting judging," said Brown.


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