Police Believe Gunman At Large in Mall Shooting

Nov 24, 2018

Riverchase Galleria, Hoover, Ala.

Police say a man shot and killed by a police officer at an Alabama shopping mall Thursday night was "likely" not the person who shot a teenager that evening.

Twenty-one-year-old Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford of Hueytown, Ala. was shot and killed by a police officer responding to the Thanksgiving night shooting at Riverchase Galleria that wounded an 18-year-old and 12-year-old.

Hoover Police Captain Gregg Rector issued a news release Friday saying new evidence suggests that while Bradford "may have been involved in some aspect of the altercation, he likely did not fire the rounds that injured the 18-year-old victim."

Police are saying an officer shot Bradford because he was seen "brandishing a handgun" while fleeing the scene.

Police say they "regret that our initial media release was not totally accurate."

Rector says they now believe more than two individuals were involved in the altercation that started the shooting and a gunman is still at large.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency has now taken the lead role in the investigation, since it is an officer-involved shooting.

Hoover police have asked for anyone with information, photos or video evidence of this crime scene to please contact investigators.

The mall, located in Hoover, reopened at 6 a.m. Friday. It bills itself as the largest enclosed shopping center in Alabama, with more than 150 stores.