1 person dead, 2 others hurt after Alabama mall shooting

Thanksgiving day shooting at Alabama mall leaves two injured lailasnews

The gunfire erupted just after 9:50 p.m. Thanksgiving Day at Riverchase Galleria in the town of Hoover, about 10 miles from Birmingham, local reports said.

The Daily Mail reports that the motive appears to be the argument that broke out between the shooter and the 18-year-old and not an attempt to commit a mass shooting.

The police statement said two Hoover officers in the mall confronted a 21-year-old man from Hueytown with a gun and one of the officers shot and killed him. In the midst of this terrifying madness, a 12-year-old girl was also shot. "Everybody started screaming and running", she said. Police did not yet know who fired the bullet that struck the girl, he said.

An 18-year-old was taken to a Birmingham hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

The officer involved has been placed on administrative leave while the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office investigates.

"We had our officers very, very close". She said she heard six or seven shots ring out and was ordered, along with other nearby shoppers, into a supply closet for cover. The two people injured have been hospitalized. "Thank goodness that did not happen".

The mall is closed until further notice.

The teenager was shot during the altercation, Rector said. One eyewitness was leaving the mall and entering the parking deck when he heard multiple shots, he ran to his vehicle as people were fleeing the entrance by Journey's. This was supposed to be a time for people to be at the mall to find bargains, not be engaged in this kind of "nonsense", he said.

The city followed up with a tweet at 12:09 a.m.to thank the police officers and paramedics who responded to the scene, saying, "Our HPD officers acted heroically and professionally tonight. He did so at the risk of his own life, but he stepped in to protect thousands, and I'm grateful for that".

Social media video posted online reportedly from inside the mall during the shooting depicted chaotic scenes with numerous rounds of gunfire heard. It's not, " Derzis said.

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