Multiple injured in Alabama mall shooting; suspect dead

Shooting at Galleria Mall in Birmingham

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.

The gunman attempted to flee but was spotted by two uniformed police officers, and one of them drew their weapon and shot and killed him. The mall remained closed for the rest of the night, but reopened early in the morning for Black Friday shopping, according to CNN.

Rector said a 12-year-old girl was struck by a bullet. transported to UAB hospital, 18-year-old male has also been transported to the hospital with serious wounds.

"We were fortunate that that Hoover officer was there where he needed to be, and we believe at this point that maybe he prevented further injuries", Rector said.

Shooting at Galleria Mall in Birmingham

All were advised to avoid the mall area at this time.

According to reports by FOX affiliate WBRC-TV in Birmingham, the shooting happened at the Riverchase Galleria shopping mall.

"It was terrifying, " Joiner said. It bills itself as the largest enclosed shopping center in Alabama, with more than 150 stores. They quickly secured a perimeter and worked methodically to evacuate shoppers.

Two separate rings of gunshots could be heard inside the mall by witnesses, who described the scene as chaotic with customers screaming and mall staff working to lock down the center, which the Hoover Police Department said is now secure. "We have a plan and our plan works, " said Hoover Police Chief Nick Derzis. "We received a call of shots fired outside of Foot Action".

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