Child injured in gunfire exchange at Alabama shopping mall


"And then they opened the escape-route doors, and we escaped through the escape-route doors". Still, you get the tragic storiesof people getting killedduring this day of frenzied shopping.

Black Friday madness began on Thanksgiving night at the Riverchase Galleria in Alabama, but sadly, the chaos turned deadly.

Authorities say the shooting happened after a fight broke out between two teenagers inside the Riverchase Galleria Mall.

The shooter, who was still armed, was fleeing the area when a Hoover police officer encountered him.

Police killed the gunman.

In addition to the injured 18-year-old, who was taken to a nearby hospital in serious condition, a 12-year-old girl was shot in the crossfire.

"While there is no current danger to our community, we will remain closed until further notice", Riverside Galleria said in a statement.

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Rector said that extra police manpower was already at the mall which allowed police to respond quickly to the shooting.

Witnesses outside the mall tell WVTM 13 they heard gunshots and saw people running for safety.

"It was terrifying, " Joiner said.

The gunshots sent shoppers scurrying for cover and several police officers were seen with their guns drawn.

"I knew it would be insane, just not this insane", he told The mall was open late for early Black Friday shopping.

The city followed up with a tweet at 12:09 thank the police officers and paramedics who responded to the scene, saying, "Our HPD officers acted heroically and professionally tonight".

"We received a call of shots fired outside of Foot Action", said Hoover Police Capt. Gregg Rector, reported.