1 DEAD, 2 INJURED IN ALABAMA MALL SHOOTING

A shooting Thursday night at a mall in Alabama left one person dead and two teens injured, police said.

The shooting happened around 9:52 p.m. local time after two individuals first got into a physical argument near the J.C. Penney and Footaction stores at Riverchase Galleria mall, according to Capt. Gregg Rector of the Hoover Police Department.

An 18-year-old struck by at least one bullet was transported to a local hospital and was in serious condition, Rector said. A 12-year-old girl also was hit by gunfire, but she was alert, talking and taken to a nearby children’s hospital. Her condition wasn’t immediately reported.

The other individual involved in the argument was shot by police while running away. That person’s age is unknown.

“The unidentified person was fleeing the scene when one of the police officers encountered him and shot and killed him,” Rector said.

Hoover Police Chief Nicholas Derzis said the mall will reopen after the investigation concludes.

“Several more hours of investigation,” he said, “but hoping to be ready for the morning.”

Hoover is a suburb of Birmingham.

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