Multiple injured, suspect dead in Thanksgiving Day shooting at Riverchase Galleria

Multiple injured, suspect dead in Thanksgiving Day shooting at Riverchase Galleria

Multiple injured, suspect dead in Thanksgiving Day shooting at Riverchase Galleria

A 21-year-old man who opened fire at a crowded Alabama mall during Black Friday shopping was shot dead by police late Thursday evening.

It started with two men (one 21, the other 18) having an argument in the Riverside Galleria, a mall in the suburb of Hoover, just outside Birmingham.

Al.com reports that Hoover police say the suspect is dead in an officer-involved shooting. A 12-year-old girl who happened to be nearby was also shot.

An 18-year-old was taken to a Birmingham hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

The Riverchase Galleria is Alabama's largest enclosed mall.

"We are devastated by the incident that happened tonight in our shopping center", a spokesperson said in a statement.

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.

Two uniformed police officers in the mall heard the gunshots and came to the scene.

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Other shoppers in the centre were then seen with their guns drawn, the publication reported. "We are working closely with the Hoover Police Department".

"Unfortunately, if you get thousands and thousands of people together in any venue, occasionally you're going to have violence", Rector said.

The Jefferson County Sherriff's Department is investigating the incident.

Staff at the mall are credited with jumping into action and helping customers hide from the shooter. It's not, " Derzis said.

"This was my first Black Friday", the high schools senior said.

Ask yourself this, is getting up super early or staying up late worth dealing with insane people who will some cases, fight you over a T.V. or PS4?

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

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