The Alabama mall shooting made national headlines after police made a horrific mistake and accidently identified a security guard as the shooting suspect. The security guard was fatally shot. The chaos that resulted from the mistaken identity gave the real suspect just enough time to escape. Thankfully, police have finally apprehended the real culprit behind the crime.
The suspect, Erron Brown, was taken into police custody by U.S. Marshals on November 29th. Brown was reportedly hiding out a relative’s house in Atlanta. Brown has been charged with the attempted murder of the shooting victim, and 18-year-old boy, but prosecutors have confirmed that it is very likely they will pursue additional charges against Brown. A second victim, a 12-year-old, was also injured in the mall shooting. The suspect was promptly transported to the Fulton County Jail where he will await extradition back to Alabama.
Police explained that the shooter apparently became enraged on Thanksgiving night after he got into a verbal altercation with another man. The argument eventually led to the mall shooting. An investigation into the fatal shooting of Emantic Bradford Jr. is still underway. Initially, police reported the victim as the shooting suspect, but they quickly recanted their statements when they realized the truth.
Emantic Bradford Jr. was initially believed to be the suspect because he was brandishing a firearm when officers arrived. Bystanders reported that the victim was actually attempting to assist police officers by detaining the real culprit, but officers were extremely confused once they saw him holding another person down with his gun.