Alabama mall shooting suspect arrested in Georgia

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The suspect in the Riverchase Galleria shooting, identified as 20-year-old Erron Brown of Bessemer, was arrested around 9 a.m. Thursday in South Fulton, Georgia, according to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA).

Brown is the suspect in the Riverchase Galleria mall shooting that injured two when gunfire erupted following an altercation outside of the Footaction on Thanksgiving night. ALEA says a warrant was issued for Brown for the attempted murder of 18-year-old Brian Xavier Wilson.

A 12-year-old girl was also shot; she was not mentioned in the release regarding the arrest of Brown.

In the moments after the shots were fired, a responding uniformed Hoover PD officer shot and killed 21-year-old Emantic Fitzgerald “EJ” Bradford. Officials that night said they had killed the shooter; the next day, they said Bradford had not opened fire but had “brandished” a handgun. Monday, police clarified Bradford “had a gun in his hand.”

ALEA’s State Bureau of Investigations is investigating. They, along with the U.S. Marshals Service and Georgia Bureau of Investigation, took Brown into custody Thursday morning.

Brown’s bond is set at $150,000. He will be booked into the Jefferson County Jail after he is extradited from Georgia.

“The investigation is ongoing, including the officer-involved shooting from the same evening and location. The cooperation of  the Hoover Police Department and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has aided in the investigation and the expediency of identifying Brown and effecting his arrest,” the release from ALEA’s SBI said. “The SBI is also grateful for the patience shown by the City of Hoover in this process. It is highly likely that prematurely releasing information, including video evidence, would have hampered the investigation’s progress thus far, even to the point of deterring key witnesses.”

SBI Director John Q. Hamm stated, “SBI will continue to work efficiently, thoroughly and impartially to bring all relevant facts to light to provide the DA with the most accurate facts and evidence possible in this case. This is not just SBI’s commitment to the people of Hoover and Jefferson County, but SBI’s commitment to the citizens of Alabama in all investigations SBI undertakes.” 

According to the release, additional charges are expected as the investigation progresses.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

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