A 12-year-old girl and an 18-year-old man were injured at a mall near Birmingham, Alabama, Thursday night after a fight led to one suspect pulling out a gun and shooting the other.
Hoover Police Captain Gregg Rector said the 18-year-old man was in serious condition after he was shot by the gunman after a fight, for reasons not yet known, broke out. The gunman, reportedly a 21-year-old man, was fatally shot by a police officer as he tried to flee the scene.
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A nearby 12-year-old girl was also struck by a bullet, but police are not yet sure if she was accompanied by the shooter or man he was fighting. (RELATED: Gunman Fatally Shoots Woman in Catholic Supply Store)
She is being treated at Children’s Hospital and is in stable condition.
BREAKING: Reported shooting at Alabama mall. https://t.co/Z4p0t9m3Pi
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Shoppers recalled a chaotic scene as people rushed for the exits, screaming and trying to find somewhere to hide.
“They [put] us in supply closets and locked the doors,” Lexie Joyner, a witness, told WBRC. “And then we sat there for five to 10 minutes, all freaking out.”
“And then they opened the escape-route doors, and we escaped through the escape-route doors,” Joyner added.
The mall, Riverchase Galleria outside Hoover, was expected to remain open until midnight and reopened at 6 a.m. Friday.
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