Shooting at Alabama mall leaves two injured, one dead during Black Friday shopping
On Thursday night, a gunman opened fire in the Riverchase Galleria mall in Hoover, Alabama during the first of its Black Friday sales. According to several outlets, the shooting resulted in two injured and the gunman dead.Hoover police say two teenagers started fighting near a Footaction store before they starting firing at one another. One of the teens was injured while the other one attempted to flee the scene. Bystanders share they heard gunfire near both the JC Penny and the Footaction stores.
Hoover police quickly confronted the teenager and fatally shot him on the scene. In a news conference, Captain Gregg Rector stated, “One of our Hoover officers did engage that individual, shot him and he is dead on the scene.”
The incident at the Galleria has been brought under control by Hoover PD. Please avoid the mall area at this time.
— City of Hoover (@CityofHoover) November 23, 2018
Onlookers shared the scene online.
Footage from inside of the Galleria Mall shooting just minutes ago. pic.twitter.com/MHw4BgWB6g
— Austin Smith (@Aus10Smithh) November 23, 2018
According to WBRC, a 12-year girl was injured and quickly taken to a nearby hospital.
Police officers who engaged in the shooting with the dead teen have been placed on administrative leave until an investigation is completed.
Riverchase Galleria shared the following statement:
“We are devastated by the incident that happened tonight in our shopping center. We are working closely with the Hoover Police Department and are grateful for their swift action to contain the situation. While there is no current danger to our community, the shopping center will remain closed until further notice.”
While an investigation is ongoing, some are concerned the shooting is another example of violence erupting over Black Friday deals. Last year, Riverchase Galleria closed down early on Thanksgiving after multiple altercations broke out over deals.