Gunman Dead, 2 Injured in Shooting at Alabama Mall

A shooting at a mall in Alabama left two people injured and the gunman dead Thursday night, authorities said.

The incident at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover started with a physical altercation between an 18-year-old and the gunman, police said. The confrontation occurred in the mall, near Footaction and JC Penney stores.

The gunman opened fire, injuring the teen, according to Hoover police Capt. Gregg Rector. An officer confronted the gunman as he ran away from the scene and fatally shot him, he said.

A 12-year-old girl was also struck and injured, but it’s unclear by whom, Rector said. The two people injured have been hospitalized.

Witnesses described hearing gunshots inside the mall, which was open late on Thanksgiving. The Hoover Police Department said the scene is now secure.

Hoover is about 10 miles from Birmingham.

Brookfield Properties, which owns the shopping center, said it was devastated by the shooting.

“We are working closely with the Hoover Police Department and are grateful for their swift action to contain the situation,” spokeswoman Lindsay Kahn said.

“While there is no current danger to our community, the shopping center will remain closed for tonight.”

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