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Black military man, 21, shot dead by cops in Alabama mall shooting did NOT fire gun as police reveal the gunman is still loose

New video shows Alabama mall shooter's body after he was shot dead by cops for gunning

  • Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr., the son of a Birmingham cop and a member of the US Army, was shot dead by officers on Thanksgiving Day
  • Police were called over reports of an active shooter at the Riverchase Galleria
  • A fight broke out and the gunman pulled out a gun and shot an 18-year-old boy twice, also hitting a 12-year-old girl with a stray bullet
  • Cops have now confirmed that while Bradford was involved in the altercation, that he was not the gunman
  • It's not clear if Bradford was trying to break up the fight or was involved from the beginning 
  • Authorities are now warning the real shooter is still on the loose
  • Officer involved in the fatal shooting has been placed on administrative leave 

The 21-year-old black man killed by police during the Alabama mall shooting was not the gunman, say police who have warned that the shooter is still on the loose.

Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr., the son of a Birmingham cop and a combat engineer in the US Army, was shot dead by officers responding to reports of an active shooter at the Riverchase Galleria on Thanksgiving Day.

An 18-year-old boy was shot twice after getting into a fight with the gunman, and a nearby 12-year-old girl was also injured when struck by a stray bullet.

On Friday evening, Hoover Police Department revealed new evidence showing that Bradford may have been involved in an altercation with the 18-year-old, and at least one other individual, 'he likely did not fire the rounds' that injured the victims. 

Investigators now believe that several people were involved in the original fight, which broke out at 9.30pm on Thursday, and it's unclear whether Bradford was attempting to break up the altercation, or if he was involved from the beginning.

Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr., the son of a Birmingham cop and a member of the US Army, was shot dead by officers responding to reports

Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr., the son of a Birmingham cop and a member of the US Army, was shot dead by officers responding to reports

Video footage from passerby shows the Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr's body laying on the ground in a pool of blood at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, Alabama Thursday night
New video shows body of Alabama mall shooter lifeless on the floor

Police says Bradford was fleeing the scene while brandishing a handgun when he was shot and killed by a uniformed Hoover police officer. 

Bradford was pronounced dead at the scene at 10.11pm. 

The officer involved has been placed on administrative leave.

Hoover police say the evidence, which came from witness statements and crime scene technicians, means that the real gunman is still at-large. A weapon was later recovered from inside the mall's Santa's Village. 

Footage taken from inside the mall showed Bradford's body lying in a pool of blood moments after he was shot dead by police.

The video, filmed from within the Footaction store, also captured people frantically shouting for customers to leave the premises where Bradford's body was positioned on its side. 

'Everybody out!' one person can be heard yelling.

A weapon was later recovered from inside the mall's Santa's Village
People run away as shots are fired inside a mall in Alabama
Bradford was a graduate of Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School in Birmingham

Bradford was a graduate of Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School in Birmingham

Another shouts: 'Let's go! Everybody out of the store.'

Bradford's devastated stepmother, Cynthia Kenniebrew Bradford, hopes to clear her son's name, writing that she was 'sick of all the lies going around.'

'To loose(sic) a mom and dad was a terrible thang(sic), but to loose a innocent child is beyond words. My heart is so heavy right now. RIP EJ.'

Bradford, known to friends and family as E.J., was a graduate of Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School in Birmingham and enlisted in the U.S. Army, his old teacher Carl Dean told the Hoover Sun.  

Dean said he didn't believe that Bradford was capable of shooting a teen in the mall.

'He was a super sweet, funny, kind and goodhearted young man who never had a bad word to say to anyone' Dean said. 'When I saw this morning that he was allegedly involved in causing the tragedy at the mall last night, I was shocked and in disbelief as well as heartbroken that this young man is no longer with us.'  

Witnesses told WBRC in Alabama that the shooting happened 'between JCPenney and Footaction near the food court.' 

Bradford's stepmother, Cynthia Kenniebrew Bradford, shared this family photo in a post where she wrote how she was devastated to lose her son

Bradford's stepmother, Cynthia Kenniebrew Bradford, shared this family photo in a post where she wrote how she was devastated to lose her son

Mother April Pipkins posted on her Facebook page an image of herself with the victim Friday

Mother April Pipkins posted on her Facebook page an image of herself with the victim Friday

Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford
Police on Friday revealed new evidence suggesting 'he likely did not fire the rounds' that injured the victims

Police on Friday revealed new evidence suggesting 'he likely did not fire the rounds' that injured the victims

Cops say a fight broke out between multiple people, which escalated quickly.

Hoover police Capt. Gregg Rector said: 'During the fight, one of the males produced a handgun and shot the other male twice in the torso. 

'Two uniformed Hoover police officers providing security at the mall were in close proximity and heard the gunshots. 

'While moving toward the shooting scene, one of the officers encountered a suspect brandishing a pistol and shot him. That individual, a 21-year-old male from Hueytown, was pronounced dead on the scene.'  

Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford
Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford

Bradford, 21, (left and right) is reported to have enlisted in the US Army after school and was described by an old teacher as 'super sweet, funny, kind and goodhearted'

His stepmother said she wanted to clear his name and was 'sick of all the lies going around'

His stepmother said she wanted to clear his name and was 'sick of all the lies going around'

Social media users criticized the way the incident was initially handled by police

Social media users criticized the way the incident was initially handled by police

A friend said Bradford didn't have a 'bad trait about him' and was 'murdered wrongly'

A friend said Bradford didn't have a 'bad trait about him' and was 'murdered wrongly'

Both victims were taken to hospitals and are expected to survive. The 12-year-old girl, named by family as Molly Davis, was shot once and was reported to be 'alert' and 'talking' by WBRC Friday afternoon.  

Julie Moore Bennett, the mother of Molly, posted on social media that her daughter - who was shopping with family - didn't immediately realize the pain in her back was from a bullet.

'She was hurting a lot, but very brave and positive as always,' the Washington Postreports she wrote after visiting her in hospital.

The 18-year-old has not been named.  

By 6am the mall back reopened for Black Friday shopping.

The shooting sparked horror and panic among the crowds of bargain hunters who had flocked to the mall after Thanksgiving dinner to snap up discounts.  

People run away in terror during Alabama 'Thanksgiving' shooting
Videos posted to social media showed shoppers fleeing in terror as shots rang out at the mall following a fight between a young gunman and a teenage boy

Videos posted to social media showed shoppers fleeing in terror as shots rang out at the mall following a fight between a young gunman and a teenage boy

An 18-year-old was taken to hospital in a 'serious' condition while a 12-year-old girl had to have emergency surgery

An 18-year-old was taken to hospital in a 'serious' condition while a 12-year-old girl had to have emergency surgery

An image posted to Twitter in the aftermath of the shooting

An image posted to Twitter in the aftermath of the shooting

They took to social media in confusion to describe hearing shots in the mall. It was unclear at first if it was an intended mass shooter.

Photos and videos of the mass panic caused by the shooting were shared on social media

One Twitter user said: 'I'm in the parking lot of the Riverchase Galleria in Alabama where a shooting just happened. 

'I'm so shaky right now I'm sorry if I don't make any sense. The suspect is dead. My prayers go out to those injured.' 

Mall staff later tweeted: '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.' 

Hoover Police Chief Nick Derzis said on Thursday night: 'They heard the gunfire, they engaged the subject and they took out the threat.'

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Comment by mr1stroke on November 26, 2018 at 2:23am

and none of the proud democrat niggers can prove me wrong 

Comment by mr1stroke on November 26, 2018 at 2:22am

he had a license to carry and alabama is an open to carru state, but watch the niggers will make all types of excuses to condone the killing the first thing all niggers will say is that they need training, but let me show you how niggers are retarded take the number of years innocent black men have been gun down by white cops, and find out how many cops have been hired, what type of training have they gave them, now how come as soon as there is a mass shooting in a white community they call for guns reform, and the politicians bring own some laws, when the parkland shooting took place the president invite the white people in the white house to find solution, whether it was a front or not it was consider, when the last time Nancy Pelosi and Schumer invite those black families in the white house, police reform will never take place niiggers are too dumb why would they have police reform when the police was there to kill you and protect whites, dumb niggers

Comment by cheryl on November 26, 2018 at 12:35am

I'm feel the same.  

They just shot any Black person.

If it was a white person with a gun, they would not have shot him.

Comment by mr1stroke on November 25, 2018 at 4:17pm

and this is why i always say i hate niggers, yes i am talking to you dumb ignorant niggers and let me tell you who, not too long ago i tell you niggers go and vote democrats, vote for your best black politicians and you will see nothing i told you niggers i will time you after you vote if nothing happen during 2 years period that party you are so loyal too is using you as niggers as always.

you are the only group who are still marching for the same reason you have been marching 50 years ago its like still watching black and white Tv, i also told you niggers each time a black man get shot by those cops you are the one who kill them, let me tell you why, the white man tell you to reapeat after them each time a white cop kill a black person they say he needs training, but how come the black cops dont need training to shoot white people

speaking of you black cops, they are a bunch of f***** ass punk niggers who are afraid of the white men, they scared to lose their jobs they cant even stand up against whoite officers, now white group you know that dont stand together, look at the latinos, they know how to unite, you always want to stand with other people how come no one stand with you when ever they shoot you like dogs, i dont see the gay community standing with you, i dont see the jews standing with you, not even the latinos they are too busy trying to invade the country.

now lets talk about your negro politicians as long as they have been in politics what law have they changed in favor of black people, take your John lewis, and Maxine waters what law have theyw written, what bill have they proposed in favor of police reform and prison reform, in fact you are so mad at Trump read the bill he has passed for prison reform and scoend chance at society inlcuding free schools for inmates coming home

your negro politicians cant do anything because they have to follow the white laws that have been written, they cannot chnage anything, but the white men change laws everytime the white people fed up like gun laws, can you count how many time they have change the laws every time white people stood up? tell your Cory booker to show you the bill he propose for police reform but he is proposing bill for the dreamers, your Nancy pelosy and chuck schumer have been the majority leaders for like 100 years they are dinosaurs in the party what have they done, you niggers are so dumb thats why you are waiting to be next, in 1994 Bill Clinton made it easier for cops to shoot you, and to put you in prison, you turned around praised him and called him the first black president, than your negro president Obama was there for 8 years you couldnt show me one law he changed to protect black people, you make every excuses for him yet you call him the best president

you always brag about the first black this and that, but what have they done, you have the first black woman attroney general in New york i guaranty you she will not do anything, they are robbing senior citizens in Ny the Mayor and the governor create laws to rip off they homes that are fully paid for and give them to big developpers, many of those people are going homeless, and in senior homes, but you turned around and voted for that same governonr and mayor because you have to vote democrat

that first woman of clor as attorney general will not do anything for police reform in NY she will not help those snior to keep their homes because she will have to follow the laws that were written before her, they are just there as a face to fool you idiots because you are weak and lobe bragging rights, she is just there so they can say they have a black person in office these days especially a female, and that goes for all your black in powerful places, how come they cannot deliver the same as the whites, what are their purposes

you have your negro leaders like steve harvey and Al sharpton they both have radio and Tv shows, they are encourage people to go out there and spend money on black friday, but cannot organize a boycott to send a message to those who are destroying the black community, hwo come they cant tell you the real story about black friday and the slaves, thats what make me better than you, i know who i am and what i stand for, each time you niggers come at me i just laugh i dont even feel sorry for you, yes you are all niggers, dumb and ignorant niggers, who acuse the death of that black man, right now no democratic leaders are discussing any black issues, but you are getting ready to voet democrat in 2020 even when you dont know who the candidates are, but they tell you the same thing at every election, they told you the election is very important, but you too dumb to ask them, for whom and for what, they tell you if you dont vote you will lose all, and you will die, you get up and vote and they still shoot you like dogs, what have your community get as extra, you will remain that dumb n*****

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