The mall, located in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover, reopened at 6 a.m. Friday, a Riverchase Galleria mall security officer said. Obviously, the mall was packed with people doing their early Black Friday shopping, and chaos erupted when the shots were fired. A 12-year-old bystander was also shot and taken to Children's Hospital by a Hoover Fire Department rescue squad.
Rector said that the incident began with an altercation between an 18-year-old and another individual in a common area between JC Penney and Foot Action.
Now, mall officials said the mall will remain closed until further notice.
"We are devastated by the incident that happened tonight in our shopping center", Galleria officials said in a statement.
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"We believe last we heard that she was alert, conscious, and talking, and that maybe she was going into surgery", said Captain Gregg Rector, the Hoover Public Information Officer, during a press conference following the shooting.
The gunshots sent shoppers scurrying for cover and several police officers were seen with their guns drawn.
"Unfortunately, if you get thousands and thousands of people together in any venue, occasionally you're going to have violence", Rector said.
Social media video posted online reportedly from inside the mall during the shooting depicted chaotic scenes with numerous rounds of gunfire heard.
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The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office will lead the investigation into the officer-involved shooting.
Officials said there had been extra officers at the mall Thursday night as a precaution.
There is no other information at this time.
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