Alabama mall shooting suspect dead in pre-Black Friday incident, reports say

Alabama mall shooting suspect dead in pre-Black Friday incident, reports say

A fight between two teenagers, including an 18-year-old, led to an exchange of gunfire at Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, a suburb of Birmingham, police said. As the gunman tried to flee the scene, the guard, who was an off-duty cop, shot and killed him. An unidentified, 21-year-old gunman opened fire on a fellow shopper.

An 18-year-old was taken to a Birmingham hospital for treatment of serious injuries. A 12-year-old girl was also hurt in the shooting, thought it's not clear at what point during the incident she was injured. She's in stable condition.

The incident at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover began with a physical altercation between an 18-year-old and the 21-year-old gunman in the mall near the Footaction and JC Penney stores. The mall remained closed for the rest of the night, but reopened early in the morning for Black Friday shopping, according to CNN.

The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

Hoover police Chief Nick Derzis said it was a sad day in Hoover, but he's very proud of the Hoover police officers who were on the scene.

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"We were fortunate that that officer was there, where he needed to be", said Captain Rector. We are working closely with the Hoover Police Department and are grateful for their swift action to contain the situation.

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

All were advised to avoid the mall area at this time.

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

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