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Black Friday madness: 1 teen dead, 2 hurt after Alabama mall shooting

One teen is dead and two others are injured following a shooting at an Alabama mall.Alabama police say an officer shot and killed one teen, who had shot and injured another teen.

The incident took place at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover as shoppers began looking for Black Friday deals.


Hoover police said a fight broke out between two teenagers inside the mall near the Footaction store and resulted in an exchange of gunfire, WTVM reported.

One of the teens, an 18-year-old, was injured and the other tried to flee but was confronted by Hoover police, the television station reported.

"One of our Hoover officers did engage that individual, shot him and he is dead on the scene," Cpt. Gregg Rector said at a news conference.

Rector said a 12-year-old girl was injured and was taken to a hospital. Police said the girl was alert and talking, WBRC reported.

The teen hurt in the shooting was in serious condition, WTVM reported.

Some shoppers in the mall were seen with their guns drawn, AL.com reported.

Riverchase Galleria officials released a statement, noting that the mall would be closed until further notice.

“We are devastated by the incident that happened tonight in our shopping center. We are working closely with the Hoover Police Department and are grateful for their swift action to contain the situation. While there is no current danger to our community, the shopping center will remain closed until further notice.”

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