Riverchase Galleria


HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s largest shopping mall and the city of Hoover say they are tightening security measures following a shooting that killed a child and injured three others. 

Operators of the Riverchase Galleria and municipal officials say a new plan includes an increased police presence at the mall and dogs that are trained to sniff out the smell of explosives and firearms.


HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Three people are now charged in the killing of an 8-year-old boy who was shot to death inside Alabama's largest shopping mall. 

Police in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover on Tuesday announced capital murder charges against two 19-year-olds, King Gary Williams and Demetrius Dewayne Jackson Jr. They're charged in the killing last Friday of 8-year-old Royta Giles Jr. Another man was charged on Sunday.


HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — A shooting at an Alabama shopping mall has left an 8-year-old boy dead and three other people hospitalized. 

Hoover's police chief says that a girl and two adults were hospitalized after the shooting inside the Riverchase Galleria. A local school district identified the boy as Royta Giles Jr. Authorities said they were not immediately sure what led to the shooting.

No arrests have been announced.


HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's largest shopping mall is reopening for the first time during the coronavirus pandemic as protests continue to further accelerate the economy. 

Shoppers returning to the Riverchase Galleria in suburban Birmingham on Tuesday found most stores still closed and many people wearing face masks. But opening the doors was another step in reviving an economy hit hard by precautions against COVID-19.

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Sears is closing its last full-size store in Alabama.

The company announced Tuesday it will shut down 26 full-size Sears stores and Kmart locations nationwide in late October. That includes the Sears at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, which is Alabama's largest shopping mall.

Traditional retailers are being battered by online sellers, and Sears says it has to reduce the number of its largest stores. Sears will still have smaller locations it calls "hometown stores" in eight cities statewide.

Pipkins & Bradford
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The family of a man killed by Hoover police Thanksgiving night asked the state attorney general Monday to meet with them and also to release video of the shooting.

The parents of Emantic "EJ" Bradford Jr. held a news conference in Birmingham to ask for an update on the investigation.

Mall Shooting Suspect Seeks Police Video

Dec 5, 2018

A man charged with attempted murder in a shooting at an Alabama shopping mall on Thanksgiving is asking for police video of the entire incident, which ended with police shooting and killing another man.

An attorney for 20-year-old Erron Martez Dequan Brown of Bessemer made the request in a court document filed late Tuesday. It comes as protesters and relatives of the man killed by police, 21-year-old Emantic "EJ" Bradford, Jr., continue asking to see any video of the confrontation.

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.