Man shot dead by police after gunfire erupts at Alabama shopping mall

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A man has been shot and killed by police after a fight at an Alabama shopping mall resulted in gunfire that injured a teenager and a 12-year-old girl.

A police statement said the shooting occurred shortly before 10pm on Thursday at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, near Birmingham.

The statement said two Hoover officers in the mall confronted a 21-year-old man from Hueytown with a gun and one of the officers shot and killed him. His name has not been released.

An 18-year-old was taken to a Birmingham hospital for treatment to serious injuries.

Captain Greg Rector said in a news conference that a 12-year-old girl struck by gunfire was taken to hospital. She was reported in stable condition at Children’s Hospital.

A mall security officer said the mall reopened at 6am on Friday.

A witness, Lexi Joiner, told she was shopping with her mother when the gunfire started.

She said she heard six or seven shots and was ordered, along with some other shoppers, into a supply closet for cover.

“It was terrifying,” she added.

Emergency services at the scene
Emergency services at the scene (ABC 33/40/AP)

The officer who shot the gunman has been placed on administrative leave while the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office investigates. The officer’s name has not been released.

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