Police initially said they “took out the threat” in a Thanksgiving shooting at Alabama’s largest mall. Later, they said that the man who was killed “likely did not fire the rounds” that injured an 18-year-old victim.
Two people were injured and a third killed when gunfire erupted Thanksgiving night at a shopping mall in Hoover, Al., reports AL.com An 18-year-old male was shot and was rushed to a hospital. A 12-year-old girl was also shot and wounded. Emantic Bradford, 21, of Hueytown, Al., was shot and killed by Hoover police. Police Chief Nick Derzis initially said officers “heard the gunfire, they engaged the subject, and they took out the threat.”
Later, police said that, “new evidence now suggests that while Mr. Bradford may have been involved in some aspect of the altercation, he likely did not fire the rounds that injured the 18-year-old victim.” The shooting happened while thousands were getting an early start at the Galleria, the largest mall in Alabama and a popular Black Friday destination for shoppers from around the state. . The gunfire inside the mall sent shoppers scurrying for cover and city officials described the scene as chaotic. Several shoppers were seen with their guns drawn. One eyewitness was leaving the mall and entering the parking deck when he heard multiple shots, he ran to his car as people were fleeing the entrance by Journey’s. He heard tires squealing as people tried to flee. “This was my first Black Friday,” a high school senior said. “I knew it would be crazy, just not this crazy.”