Police were called to the Riverchase Galleria in Birmingham, Alabama, on Thanksgiving to respond to reports of an active shooter about 9:30 p.m. Twenty-one-year-old Emantic Bradford, Jr. was shot and killed by an officer who responded to the call. Now police are saying that Bradford was not the shooter and that the actual shooter is still on the loose. The gun believed to have been used in the crime was found inside the mall's Santa's Village.
Bradford was a graduate of Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School in Birmingham and was the son of a Birmingham police officer, according to Daily Mail. He served as a combat engineer in the U.S. Army. The Hoover Police Department says that they believe he was among several individuals who were involved in the argument that led to the shooting death of an 18-year-old and the injury of a 12-year-old and one other person, but that surveillance video from a mall shop revealed that he was not the gunman.
It's unknown exactly whether he was trying to break up the fight or if he was a participant. Investigators report that Bradford was in possession of a handgun and fleeing the scene when he was killed. The officer responsible for his death has been placed on administrative leave. The two injured individuals are receiving medical care in a hospital and are expected to survive their wounds.