Alabama police mistakenly kill Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr. following a shooting at Riverchase Galleria
Bradford was believed to have been responsible for shooting an 18-year-old following an altercation
On Saturday police realized Bradford was not the shooter and they had killed the wrong man
A gun was recovered from “Santa’s Village” in the mall but the gunman is still at large
On Black Friday, the Riverchase Galleria near Birmingham, Alabama was one of a few malls across the country that experienced a shooting. Initially, police stated they had killed the 21-year-old gunman now identified as Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr. who allegedly shot an 18-year-old male and possibly a 12-year-old girl.
Hoover Mayor Frank V. Brocato praised the police and called them heroes on Friday night. Police Chief Nick Derzis said officers “heard the gunfire, they engaged the subject, and they took out the threat.” By Saturday, the celebration had ended after realizing Bradford was not the gunman.
Police are still unclear what role, if any, Bradford played in a confrontation with an unidentified 18-year-old that left the teen in the hospital in serious condition and a 12-year-old girl who was an innocent bystander shot in the arm. The girl’s mother, Julie Moore Bennett, wrote a long thank you post on her Facebook giving detail of what her daughter went through.
Police claim Bradford was “fleeing the shooting scene while brandishing a handgun.” Bradford had a legal gun with him and a license to conceal and carry. Witnesses claim police flat out shot the wrong man. A tweet from Bakari Savage shows a gun police recovered located in “Santa’s Village.”
After last night’s shooting at the Galleria, @HooverPD confirm they’ve recovered a gun left in Santa’s Village. @CityofHoover @WBRCnews @WBRCgoodday
— Bakari Savage (@BakariSavage) November 23, 2018
Pictures of Bradford show him in Army fatigues, but according to the Washington Post he never served. A spokesperson for the Army said Bradford “never completed advanced individual training.” An attorney for Bradford’s family said he was honorably discharged from the Army.
Hoover Police Captain Gregg Rector told media, “New evidence now suggests that while Mr. Bradford may have been involved in some aspect of the altercation, he likely did not fire the rounds that injured the 18-year-old victim.”
We regret that our initial media release was not totally accurate, but new evidence indicates that it was not. We remain committed to maintaining the integrity of this investigation, helping determine the facts involved.
The unidentified officer who killed Bradford has been placed on administrative leave. The gunman is still at large. Lindsay Kahn, a spokesperson for Brookfield Properties who owns the mall, said they are working closely with police in regards to the shooting.
We are devastated by the incident that happened last night in our shopping center. We are working closely with the Hoover Police Department and are grateful for their swift action to contain the situation.
The Bradford shooting happened ten days after the police shooting of Jemel Roberson at Manny’s Blue Room Bar in Robbins, Illinois. Roberson was an armed security guard that stopped a mass shooting and apprehended the gunman only to be shot by police when they arrived on the scene. Roberson and now Bradford leave many wondering how safe it is to be a “good guy with a gun” during an active shooter situation if you are black?