Man killed by officer at Alabama mall was not the shooter

Man killed by officer at Alabama mall was not the shooter

Man killed by officer at Alabama mall was not the shooter

Protesters marched through an Alabama shopping mall on Saturday (Sunday NZT) where United States police killed a black man they later acknowledged was not the gunman in a Thanksgiving night shooting that wounded two people.

The 21-year-old was identified as Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr., and he was reportedly shot and killed by a Hoover Police officer.

According to CNN, investigators believe there are at least two men involved in the fight and one gunman possibly responsible for the shooting still at large.

A moment of silence was observed at the spot outside a shoe shop where Mr Bradford was killed.

In their initial statement Friday, police said uniformed officers who were providing security at the mall "encountered a suspect brandishing a pistol and shot him". They left unclear what role, if any, Bradford had in the incident, but police maintain that he threatened an officer with a handgun while fleeing. New evidence suggests that while Bradford may have been involved in some aspect of the altercation, he likely did not fire the rounds that injured the 18-year-old victim. Rector said police regret that their initial statement about Bradford was not accurate.

The incident began with a fight and shooting Thanksgiving night in the glitzy mall crowded with Black Friday bargain hunters.

One demonstrator drew attention to officers along the protest's perimeter, blaming them for the fatal shooting of Bradford, then called for the arrest of the officer who shot the 21-year-old.

An unidentified 18-year-old was shot and was last reported to be in serious condition at a hospital.

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Members of the Bradford family have retained civil rights attorney Benjamin L. Crump, according to a release from the law firm. Witnesses also claimed because it was assumed E.J. was the shooter, police delayed medical treatment, leaving him to die at the scene of the shooting.

One shopper told the television station WBRC that she was buying jewelry at a kiosk when she heard three bangs and people started screaming and running for the exits as officers ran toward the gunfire.

Family members described their horror of finding out from social media that Bradford was dead.

The officer involved in the shooting is on administrative leave pending an investigation, police said.

The family wants to know if there is police body camera footage from the shooting.

The initial report, Fuentes said, reflects the "pressure on police and authorities when there's an officer-involved shooting to get out as much information as quickly as they can, even if it involves some kind of speculation or they're jumping to a conclusion".

"They shot the wrong man!" another woman said, consoling the aunt. He was not injured and his name was not released.

This Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018, image made from a video provided by ABC 33/40, authorities respond after reports of shots fired at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, a Birmingham, Ala., suburb. A spokesman for the Army, however, told The Washington Post that he "never completed advanced individual training" and so did not serve.

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