Thanksgiving night shooting at Alabama mall leaves one dead, two injured

Shooting at Galleria Mall in Birmingham

Captain Gregg Rector said at a news conference that a Hoover officer "did engage that individual, shot him and he is dead on the scene". His name has not been released.

The gunshot victim was later taken to UAB hospital in serious condition, according to police.

Shooting at Galleria Mall in Birmingham
1 dead, 2 injured in Alabama mall shooting

A man was shot and killed by police after a fight at an Alabama mall ahead of Black Friday shopping resulted in gunfire that injured a teenager and a 12-year-old girl.

Rector said the incident started at 9:52 p.m. when the 18-year-old and another man got into a physical altercation on the second floor of the concourse area of the Galleria, near the entrance to the Footaction store. The girl has had surgery and "does not have life-threatening injuries", Rector told CNN.

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Witnesses described hearing gunshots inside the mall, which was open late on Thanksgiving.

The Hoover Fire Department took her to Children's Hospital in a rescue unit, and she is in stable condition, Rector said.

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The officer involved has been placed on administrative leave while the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office investigates the incident, police said. The scene was chaotic, with customers screaming and staff working to help people flee or hide, witnesses told CNN affiliate WBRC. Deals are being doled out at major shopping chains, the doors were open early this morning, and there's usually some video of people fighting over a flat screen television. It's located outside the city of Birmingham, in the city of Hoover.

The mall reopened at 6 a.m. Friday, a Riverchase Galleria mall security officer said.

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Brookfield Properties, which owns the shopping center, said it was devastated by the shooting. "We are working closely with the Hoover Police Department".

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