HOOVER, ALABAMA — A shooting broke out at Riverchase Galleria, the largest mall in Alabama, when an argument apparently began between two individuals. Things escalated even more from there, and multiple armed shoppers were seen drawing their firearms in preparation for the worst.
Innocent bystanders were caught in the middle, including a 12-year-old girl who was shot.
An 18-year-old male was shot and was rushed to UAB Hospital’s Trauma Center where he was in serious condition. A 12-year-old girl was also shot and wounded. Authorities said she is believed to alert and conscious at Children’s of Alabama. A 21-year-old Hueytown man, whose name has not been released, was shot and killed by Hoover police.
Two people, a 21-year-old male and an 18-year-old male began arguing inside the mall. One of them, the 18-year-old, was shot by the other and taken to the hospital for treatment. It isn’t clear whether or not the 18-year-old was armed as well, but it doesn’t seem to be the case.
The suspect tried to flee, but an officer was in close proximity to what was unfolding.
“The Hoover police officer actually was running to the scene, he heard gunshots, he was obviously very near the scene, he actually shot and killed the person who injured the other person,’’ Hoover police Capt. Gregg Rectors said.
Shoppers were taking photos and video that quickly made their way around the internet. The below video was taken and shows the deceased suspect on the ground. As a warning, the contents may be graphic to some viewers.
None of the armed citizens who reportedly drew their firearms fired any shots, according to reports. Police were in the vicinity of the shooting and were able to stop things quickly. Unfortunately, a 12-year-old girl was injured, but thankfully she was conscious and expected to survive.
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Oklahoma Homeowner Shoots, Kills Intruder 5 Years After Shooting Another Would-be Burglar
TULSA – If a would-be a burglar in Tulsa, Oklahoma needs any advice, it’s to stay far away from Charles Sweeney’s property.
Just over five years and a month since Sweeney shot a man who was breaking into his house, the same thing happened Tuesday morning — except this time, the situation turned deadly.
“He comes into view, and BLAHM!, that 9 millimeter is real loud inside the house,” Sweeney told FOX23.
The Tulsa Police Department said the incident happened around 9:08 a.m., and when officers arrived at the home the alleged intruder, Donald Stovall, was found dead.
Officers said Stovall had crawled through a bathroom window into the home when Sweeney confronted him. It was during that confrontation Stovall was fatally shot.
“He brought this on himself, I have no sympathy,” Sweeny told FOX23.
The shooting on Tuesday came just over five years after the homeowner was involved in a similar situation. In October 2013, he shot one of two intruders at his home, seriously injuring the man. Both burglars subsequently pleaded guilty to charges in that case and are in prison, according to the Tulsa World.
“This is the second time I’ve shot someone, and I’ve escorted at gunpoint at least half a dozen people off the property,” he said.
Tulsa Police briefly interviewed Sweeny before letting him go and said that people have the right to defend themselves in their homes.
“If you are in your home and you have an intruder come in and you feel that you are in fear of your life or the life of someone else who may be in your home, you are well within your rights to defend yourself,” Captain Karen Tipler told FOX23.
Sweeney now has a warning for any other potential criminals that may target his house: “I thought my life was in danger, I shot him, and I’ll do it again.”
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