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Black Friday Alabama mall shooting
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Shots were fired during an incident at a mall in Alabama during Black Friday shopping on November 22, 2018. Two people were injured, and a man initially suspected of being the gunman was shot.[1][2] According to police, as of 26 November, the actual shooter remains at large.[3]

Timeline[edit]

The shooting occurred at the Riverchase Galleria, in Birmingham Alabama as a fight between an 18-year old and a 21-year old shortly before 10 pm (11 pm ET), near the Footaction and JC Penney stores.[4] The 21-year-old reportedly drew a weapon and shot the 18-year-old twice in the torso, before fleeing the area. Stray gunfire also hit a 12-year-old female bystander.[5] The suspect was later spotted by two nearby officers who approached the suspect, and shot and killed him.[6]

It was later reported on November 24 that the 21-year-old shot by officers "likely did not fire" the weapon that injured the other two, characterizing it as a potential case of mistaken identity. The possible error apparently was realized after Jefferson County Sheriffs department interviewed witnesses and examined the evidence.[7] Police departments in Alabama have a long history of anti-Black violence.[1] The Hoover Police Department named the 21-year-old victim as Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr, and claimed that he had "brandished a gun" at police during the initial incident. However, his family has cited witness statements that place Bradford Jr, attempting to aid in the evacuation and that he had a permit to carry a weapon.[8]

Investigation[edit]

Hoover Police Department turned all video and other evidence that was collected to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, who then turned the investigation over to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, all three groups initially refused to release videos of the event. Due to the initial refusal, Bradford Jr's family hired civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump and asked for bystanders accounts, videos and pictures of the scene.[9]

Aftermath[edit]

The mall reopened the day after the shooting at 6 am, and the two officers who were involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave pending the investigation. The weapon involved was recovered after the reopening, and was discovered in the Santa's village area.[6]

When it was reported that the 21-year-old deceased victim was not the perpetrator, the family of the victim raised demands that the Birmingham, Alabama Mayor and Police Chief step down.[10] Others have raised concerns about the theory that a "good guy with a gun" could stop mass shootings; a belief advocated by President Trump and the NRA, as both Bradford Jr, and Jemel Roberson have been shot and killed by police, while armed and attempting to aid in a shooting.[11]

References[edit]

  1. Casiano, Louis (2018-11-23). "Suspected gunman opens fire inside Alabama mall injuring 2, fatally shot by cops". Fox News. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  2. "Police kill gunman during Black Friday sales at Alabama mall; 2 hurt". NBC News. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  3. "Alabama police offer new explanation for shooting wrong man". BBC. 26 October 2018. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  4. CNN, Joe Sutton and Madeline Holcombe,. "Gunman dead and 2 wounded -- including 12-year-old girl -- in Alabama mall shooting". CNN. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  5. News, A. B. C. (2018-11-23). "1 dead, 2 injured in Alabama mall shooting". ABC News. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Staff, WBRC (November 23, 2018). "Riverchase Galleria reopens after mall shooting leaves 2 injured, suspect dead". 6WBRC. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  7. "Gunman thought responsible for Alabama mall shooting is at large, not dead, police now say". myfox8.com. 2018-11-24. Retrieved 2018-11-24.
  8. "Alabama cops' new explanation for killing". BBC News. 2018-11-26. Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  9. Bacon, John (November 26, 2018). "Emantic Bradford's gun 'heightened sense of threat' at Alabama mall before he was shot". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  10. Martin, Michael (November 25, 2018). "Alabama Police Now Say Black Man Killed By Officer Wasn't The Gunman In Mall Shooting". NPR.org. Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  11. Haag, Matthew (November 26, 2018). "Man Killed by Police at Alabama Mall Was a 'Good Guy With a Gun,' Family's Lawyer Says". Retrieved 2018-11-26.


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