1 dead, 2 injured in Riverchase Galleria shooting

Riverchase Galleria (abc3340.com)

UPDATE (11/24): According to a release from the Hoover Police Department, new evidence suggests that Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford, who was shot and killed by officers, may have been involved in the original altercation, but he likely did not fire the rounds that injured the 18-year-old.

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One person is dead and two others are injured after gunfire erupted at Riverchase Galleria late Thanksgiving night.

What was supposed to be a fun night for families to kickoff the holiday season instead was a scene of chaos after an altercation between two men turned deadly.

Shortly before 10 p.m., Hoover Police say two men got into a fight on the second floor of the mall near the entrance to Foot Action. During the fight authorities say a one man pulled a gun and shot the other twice in the torso.

Two officers near the scene heard the shots and made their way toward the scene. While doing so an officer came across a suspect running from the scene with a gun and shot and killed him.

Police say the suspect is a 21-year-old Hueytown man. Police later identified the man as 21-year-old Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr, from Hueytown.

Bradford was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The 18-year-old shooting victim was taken to UAB Hospital with serious injuries.

A 12-year-old bystander was also shot during the incident and taken to Children's Hospital where she is in stable condition.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is investigating the shooting at the request of the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office.

As of 6 a.m. Friday morning, the Riverchase Galleria has reopened.



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