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At least four in the hospital after filming in the Alabama mall


An eight-year-old boy was shot in the head in a shootout in a shopping mall in Alabama that left at least four victims in the hospital.

The little boy, known only as Royta, was hit by bullets when at least one gunman opened fire at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, where he went shopping with his family on Friday afternoon.

"When we all got up, he was the only one who didn't get up," Royta's ruined mother told AL.com.

Police confirmed that at least four people were injured in the shootout and rushed to local hospitals for treatment.

The conditions of Royta and the other three victims are currently unknown.

Royta was shopping with his family at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover

Eight-year-old Royta (pictured) was shot in the head during a shootout in a shopping mall in Alabama that had at least four victims in the hospital

The little boy, known only as Royta, was hit by bullets when at least one gunman opened fire at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover (pictured), where he went shopping with his family on Friday afternoon

The little boy, known only as Royta, was hit by bullets when at least one gunman opened fire at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover (pictured), where he went shopping with his family on Friday afternoon

Royta's mother said she went shopping with her son, two other children, and the boy's stepfather when gunfire broke out.

She said they queued up to go to Children's Place's children's clothing store because COVID-19's security measures restricted the number of people at the same time.

"We heard the shots and I packed them and we ended up on the floor," she said.

The troubled mother said they were up when it was safe, and then realized that Royta had been shot: "He was the only one who hadn't got up."

"This is my baby, my firstborn," she said of the little boy who has just graduated from Jonesboro Elementary in Bessemer and dreams of becoming a rapper.

"If I could say something to the people who did that, I don't care about justice or anything," she said.

"I would not say that I am religious, I would say that I am more spiritual, and the person who has done this has to answer for whether it is someone they are praying to or whether it is is about the street. "

Several shots were reported near the food court at Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, Hoover police captain Gregg Rector said in a statement

Several shots were reported near the food court at Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, Hoover police captain Gregg Rector said in a statement

At least four people were injured and taken to local hospitals for treatment. The conditions of the victims are currently unknown

At least four people were injured and taken to local hospitals for treatment. The conditions of the victims are currently unknown

A history of violence in RIVERCHASE GALLERIA MALL, ALABAMA

November 22, 2018 – Emantic & # 39; EJ & # 39; Bradford Jr., a 21-year-old black man, is shot dead by a police officer in the mall.

Bradford Jr. was shot from behind three times on Thanksgiving after the policeman allegedly mistaken him for a shooter when he earlier shot at the mall.

At that time, the victim had a legally-owned weapon and had no connection to the previous shooting event.

His murder sparked protests in the mall and the policeman was convicted of racially profiling the black man.

June 26, 2019 – Zach Taylor Music, a 20-year-old UAB student, is shot dead in a vehicle on the top floor of the parking deck of the Riverchase Galleria.

20-year-old Michael Akamune was arrested and charged with murder for the shooting.

July 7, 2020 – At least four people are hospitalized after a shootout near the food court.

No further details are known yet.

Several shots were reported near the Food Court in the state's largest shopping mall at 3:18 p.m. Local time Friday, said Hoover Police Capt. Gregg Rector in a statement.

The police said they still don't know what led to the shootings or how many armed men were involved.

The mall was evacuated and the police later said they saved the scene.

The authorities have not disclosed whether arrests have been made, but AL.com reported that a suspect was detained.

Annalisa Pope, who works for Hollister in the mall, told WBMA-TV in a telephone interview that she heard six to seven shots.

"It wasn't just one or two," she said. "That made me unprepared. They (the shots) just kept going. & # 39;

She said the shots "sounded like they came from all directions."

She added: "It felt so tight. It was so surreal. It doesn't even feel real at the moment.

"You wouldn't expect something like this to happen out of nowhere on a normal Friday afternoon."

Another witness told AL.com that he and his mother were shopping in the Torrid clothing store in the mall when they heard gunshots.

"We were just talking to one of the employees about one of the dresses, and then there was a loud bang, followed by at least five more small bangs," said Danno Allgrove, 28.

"Immediately after the shots, Torrid staff worked very quickly and efficiently to get everyone to the back of the store and emergency room, and they all kept quiet until they heard other people were being released."

Allgrove said they all fled the emergency exit after the authorities gave the all-clear when they saw at least one victim – a child – lying in a pool of blood in front of The Children's Place.

"There was an official who provided first aid and compress to curb the bleeding," he said.

The Hoover police asked someone at the mall who witnessed the shootout to call the authorities.

Riverchase Galleria posted a statement on its Facebook page that the incident had broken his heart and that the mall would remain closed on Saturday.

"We are broken by the tragic, senseless incident that happened in our mall this afternoon," they said.

DailyMail.com asked the Hoover police for a comment.

The shopping center in a suburb of Birmingham has been the scene of at least two fatal shootings in recent years.

Emantic & # 39; EJ & # 39; Bradford Jr., 21, was shot dead by a police officer in the mall in 2018

In June 2019, Zach Taylor Music (20) (right) was shot in a vehicle on the top floor of the parking deck of the Riverchase Galleria

The shopping center in a suburb of Birmingham has been the scene of at least two fatal shootings in recent years. In June 2019, Zach Taylor Music (20) (right) was shot in a vehicle on the top floor of the parking deck of the Riverchase Galleria. Emantic & # 39; EJ & # 39; Bradford Jr., 21, was shot dead by a police officer in the mall in 2018

In June 2019, Zach Taylor Music, a 20-year-old UAB student, was shot dead in a vehicle on the top floor of the parking deck of the Riverchase Galleria.

20-year-old Michael Akamune was arrested and charged with murder for the shooting.

This happened after police officers were shot in the mall in 2018 when a police officer turned 21-year-old Emantic & # 39; EJ & # 39; Bradford Jr. shot.

Bradford Jr. was shot from behind three times on Thanksgiving after the policeman allegedly mistaken him for a shooter when he earlier shot at the mall.

At that time, the victim had a legally-owned weapon and had no connection to the previous shooting event.

His murder sparked protests in the mall and the policeman was convicted of racially profiling the black man.

The Alabama Attorney General's Office admitted the never named officer that he had acted "appropriately under the circumstances" in the approximately five-second encounter.

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