Black Friday shooting leaves one dead and two injured in Alabama

Black Friday shooting leaves one dead and two injured in Alabama

Kerry Wise
November 24, 2018

According to police, a 21-year-old man got into a fight with an 18-year-old man at a busy shopping mall.

The gunman reportedly opened fire and shot the 18-year-old, who police "do not believe" was armed, in the torso twice around 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

A 12-year-old girl was also struck and injured, Rector said, but it's unclear by whom.

The gunman tried to flee but was confronted by two Hoover police officers.

Police told CNN that the young girl "does not have life-threatening injuries", and is now being treated for her injuries.

Two uniformed police officers in the mall heard the gunshots and came to the scene. Her condition was stable Friday morning, police said.

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

Staff at the mall are credited with jumping into action and helping customers hide from the shooter.

"We have a plan and our plan works, " said Hoover Police Chief Nick Derzis. "And then we sat there for five to 10 minutes, all freaking out", Lexie Joyner told WBRC. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

Lexi Joiner, who was shopping with her mother when the gunfire erupted on the mall's second floor said she heard six or seven shots ring out and was ordered, along with other nearby shoppers, into a supply closet for cover. It's located outside the city of Birmingham, in the city of Hoover.

Brookfield Properties, which owns the shopping center, said it was devastated by the shooting.

"We were fortunate that that Hoover officer was there where he needed to be, and we believe at this point that maybe he prevented further injuries", Rector said.