Police fatally shot a man after gunfire broke out at an Alabama mall on Thanksgiving — then conceded he 'likely did not fire' the shots

Emantic Bradford, Sr. via Associated PressThis undated image provided by Emantic Bradford, Sr. shows Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford, Jr., 21, posing for a picture at his father’s home near Birmingham, Ala., in his senior year of high school.
  • Alabama police have conceded that the man they fatally shot after gunfire broke out at a mall on Thanksgiving “likely did not fire” the shots.
  • The shooting broke out at a mall in Hoover, Alabama, on Thursday evening and left two people injured.
  • Police say the gunman is still at large.
  • The family of the man fatally shot by police, 21-year-old Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford, Jr., have retained a civil-rights attorney and have vowed to get to the bottom of his death.

Alabama police fatally shot an armed black man on Thanksgiving after gunfire broke out at a mall – but on Friday they said the man they killed “likely did not fire” the shots.

Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford, Jr., 21, was killed by a police officer responding to the Thursday shooting at Hoover’s Riverchase Galleria, which left one 18-year-old and one 12-year-old injured.

Hoover police initially said they believed Bradford had shot the older victim, but backtracked the following day and said “he likely did not fire the rounds that injured the 18-year-old victim,” Hoover Police Department spokesman Gregg Rector said in a statement.

Read more: One person was killed and 2 were injured after a Thanksgiving shooting at an Alabama mall

At least one gunman is still at large

Rector said police still believe Bradford was involved in “some aspect of the altercation” and had a handgun, but that “more than two individuals were involved in the initial altercation.”

He added that “at least one gunman” is still at large.

“We regret that our initial media release was not totally accurate, but new evidence indicates that it was not,” Rector said.

Protests erupted in Hoover on Saturday, with more than 200 demonstrators marching past the mall, chanting “E.J.” and “no justice, no peace,” according to The Associated Press.

Bradford’s family have retained a civil-rights attorney, according to CNN, and said in a statement they intend to determine how and why he was killed.

“Our family is completely shocked, heartbroken and devastated at the tragic death of our beloved ‘EJ.’ EJ was a devoted son and brother, who dedicated his life to serving his country and always doing the right thing,” the statement said. “As we continue to grieve, rest assured, that we are working diligently with our legal team to determine exactly what happened and why this police officer killed our son. We will never forget EJ, and ask for your continued prayers during this incredibly difficult time.”

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