A 21-year-old man Black man who was shot and killed by Hoover police at a mall in Alabama likely did not fire the rounds that wounded an 18-year-old and 12-year-old, police announced.
Early reports revealed that two individuals were involved in a physical altercation in the mall, which led to a 21-year-old male shooting an 18-year-old male multiple times.
Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr. was fleeing the shooting scene while allegedly brandishing a handgun. He was shot and killed by a uniformed Hoover police officer.
“Over the past 20 hours, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office investigators and crime scene technicians have interviewed numerous individuals and examined several critical evidentiary items. 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," Hoover police Capt. Gregg Rector told the press.
It is now believed that there were more than two individuals involved in the altercation and that the gunman is still "at large."
“We regret that our initial media release was not totally accurate, but new evidence indicates that it was not,’’ he said. “We remain committed to maintaining the integrity of this investigation, helping determine the facts involved, and assisting ALEA in their efforts.”
Rector said Hoover police will cooperate fully as the case is transitioned from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office to ALEA investigators but the Hoover police department will also conduct their own separate, internal investigation.
Bradford's family demand an apology from the police, which they are yet to receive.