Tuesday 24 September 2019

Man shot dead by police after gunfire erupts at Alabama shopping mall

The shooting occurred at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, near Birmingham.

Authorities at the scene (ABC 33/40 via AP)
Authorities at the scene (ABC 33/40 via AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

A man has been shot and killed by police after a fight at an Alabama shopping mall resulted in gunfire that injured a teenager and a 12-year-old girl.

A police statement said the shooting occurred shortly before 10pm on Thursday at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, near Birmingham.

The 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. His name has not been released.

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

Captain Greg Rector said in a news conference that a 12-year-old girl struck by gunfire was taken to hospital. She was reported in stable condition at Children’s Hospital.

A mall security officer said the mall reopened at 6am on Friday.

A witness, Lexi Joiner, told Al.com she was shopping with her mother when the gunfire started.

She said she heard six or seven shots and was ordered, along with some other shoppers, into a supply closet for cover.

“It was terrifying,” she added.

Emergency services at the scene (ABC 33/40/AP)

Mr Rector said at a news conference that investigators do not know what sparked the original confrontation between the men.

The officer who shot the gunman has been placed on administrative leave while the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office investigates. The officer’s name has not been released.

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