Holiday shoppers hit stores with tragedy on their minds; some in fear, some not

Hoover shoppers reflect on shooting half-a-month later while browsing for holiday gifts.

During what was predicted to be the biggest holiday shopping season in decades, the Thanksgiving night shooting investigation was certainly on the minds of shoppers in Hoover.

However, it didn't keep them all away.

Some store owners told ABC 33/40 they are losing some money in holiday sales.

Two men did share their own perspectives with ABC 33/40 about whether or not they shop in fear.

Half a month later the sight and sound of panic of Thanksgiving night at the Riverchase Galleria is not easily forgotten by Hoover shoppers.

Robert Abernathy is a school teacher who says, "Hoover's gotten some negative publicity lately."

Another local Roosevelt King told ABC 33/40, "I always fear for my life. What does it take for me to be the next person?"

Across the street, at the Patton Creek Shopping Center, both Abernathy and King carried more than their wallets to the register. Deep inside their minds each man says he thinks of the officer-involved shooting death of E.J. Bradford Jr.

"For me I see a lot of more people on edge and a lot of more people are cautious. People are just scared and they just don't know what to expect," says King.

"I'm a teacher within the school system and I know that our students are diverse. They've banded together and we've had conversations in our classrooms," says Abernathy.

With the rise of protests and an increased police presence Abernathy says his family doesn't worry.

"No. I think the only thing is that it's an inconvenience I think for a lot of people.I don't think for us it's too bad of an inconvenience. It may be striking fear in some people," says Abernathy.

For King he says he's seeing life a little different.

King explains, "We are always concerned about our life as a black man and just from the black community. We are always concerned about our life."

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