Eight-year-old shot dead in US mall ‘tragic incident’

A shooting took place at a mall in the US state of Alabama, with a young boy apparently trapped between the fronts. It’s not the first shooting at this mall.

An eight-year-old boy was shot dead friday at a shopping mall in the US state of Alabama. Three other people, including an underage girl, were taken to hospitals with injuries, police in Hoover said on Friday night. Police Chief Nicholas Derzis called it a “tragic incident.” It’s terrible when there’s an innocent child in there.

Several shots were fired at the mall on Friday afternoon for as yet unknown reasons, he said. Police initially gave no details on the motive or possible perpetrators. The investigation would continue.

Shooting two years ago at same mall

The shopping centre in a suburb of Birmingham had not become the scene of a police shooting until 2018. As “CNBC” reports, a police officer shot a black man at the time because he had mistaken him for another assailant.

The earlier shooting of 21-year-old Emantic “EJ” Bradford Jr. sparked a series of protests at the mall. The Alabama attorney general’s office acquitted the police officer, arguing that he had acted “reasonably in the circumstances” during the encounter, which lasted about five seconds.

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