Shooting at Alabama shopping mall

Shooting at Galleria Mall in Birmingham

Black Friday is here. "Things can happen, but we want people to feel safe, and I hope that they will".

Black Friday madness began on Thanksgiving night at the Riverchase Galleria in Alabama, but sadly, the chaos turned deadly.

The gunfire erupted just after 9:50 p.m. Thanksgiving Day at Riverchase Galleria in the town of Hoover, about 10 miles from Birmingham, local reports said.

Police killed the gunman.

Rector said a 12-year-old girl was also shot in the exchange.

An 18-year-old man from Birmingham was taken to UAB Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

A mall security officer said the mall reopened at 6 a.m. Friday. "While there is no current danger to our community, the shopping center will remain closed for tonight". "They heard the gunfire, they engaged the subject, and they took out the threat", Derzis said.

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"It was terrifying, " Joiner said.

Other shoppers in the centre were then seen with their guns drawn, the publication reported.

A high school senior, who made a decision to get involved in Black Friday for the first time, described how tires were squealing in the carpark as people tried to flee. He heard tires squealing as people tried to flee.

Thursday wasn't the first time the Galleria has dealt with chaotic disturbances during busy shopping hours.

"I knew it would be insane, just not this insane", he told

The Hoover Police Department said the scene is now secure. Rector said a Hoover officer "did engage that individual, shot him and he is dead on the scene". "We received a call of shots fired outside of Foot Action".

A large police presence has gathered outside the Belk and JC Penny area of the mall.