No sooner had the Thanksgiving turkey been devoured and followed up with a nice slab of grandma’s sweet potato pie, Black Friday kicked off with a bang (literally) at an Alabama shopping mall.
Late Thursday night at the Riverchase Galleria just outside of Birmingham, gunshots rang out and by the time that it was over, let’s say that thanks to the cops, that the gunman won’t be spending any more time at Doorbuster sales in the future.
— Circa (@Circa) November 23, 2018
Police responding to a fight inside an Alabama shopping mall shot and killed a man who had brandished a weapon, authorities said Friday. Two other people were injured, including a 12-year-old girl.
The Hoover Police Department said in a statement that two men were engaged in a “physical altercation” at the glitzy Riverchase Galleria in Hoover late Thursday when one of the men pulled out a handgun and shot the other man twice.
Two officers who were providing security at the mall heard the gunfire and approached the area. They spotted a suspect waving a pistol and shot him. He died at the scene. His name was not immediately released, but police said he was 21 years old and from Hueytown.
he other shooting victim was an 18-year-old male from Birmingham. He was taken to a nearby hospital in serious condition. A 12-year-old bystander was also shot and taken to Children’s Hospital by a Hoover Fire Department rescue squad. She was reportedly in stable condition.
A witness, Lexi Joiner, told Al.com she was shopping with her mother when the gunfire started. Joiner said she heard six or seven shots and was ordered, along with some other shoppers, into a supply closet for cover.
“It was terrifying,” Joiner said.
Police said the fight occurred on the mall’s second floor concourse area, near the entrance to the Footaction shoe store.
As of this reporting, that is the only actual death associated with Black Friday but the usual assortment of crazed people throwing down with each other over cheap foreign-made crap took place:
— Mady (@viamadison) November 23, 2018
A sad commentary on modern American society.