Black Friday Shooting: Two Wounded After Gunfight At Alabama Mall; Gunman Dead

Two people including a 12-year-old girl were injured and the suspected shooter killed after a man opened fire in Alabama's largest enclosed mall on Thanksgiving night.

The mall, located in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover, reopened at 6 a.m. Friday, a Riverchase Galleria mall security officer said.

One of the teens was confronted by police officers after trying to flee.

Rector said Hoover police always have a heavy presence at the Riverchase Galleria and other shopping areas in Hoover starting on Thanksgiving afternoon and continuing through the rest of the Christmas shopping season.

In addition to the injured 18-year-old, who was taken to a nearby hospital in serious condition, a 12-year-old girl was shot in the crossfire.

Another witness speaking to Al.com heard numerous shots before people started leaving the mall via an entrance close to a Journey's store.

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Captain Gregg Rector said at a news conference that a Hoover officer "did engage that individual, shot him and he is dead on the scene". "We have a plan and our plan works, " said Hoover Police Chief Nick Derzis.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is investigating the case per the request of the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office.

The mall was cleared out by police following the shooting.

"You just don't bring guns into a crowded mall", he said.

"Oh, they shooting in this house", a woman screams as the shots ring out.

Thursday wasn't the first time the Galleria has dealt with chaotic disturbances during busy shopping hours. Last year, the shopping day was cut short after fights broke out.

  • Sonia Alvarado