ALEA, the City of Hoover, and Hoover Police made statements on the Thanksgiving night shooting, and family and friends of the man shot by police held a press conference and protest demanding the release of video and answers from officials.
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) State Bureau of Investigation is overseeing the investigation into the shooting, which happened after an incident in the Riverchase Galleria in which an 18-year-old and 12-year-old were injured.
21-year-old Emantic “EJ” Bradford Jr. was shot by a Hoover police officer.
Bradford Jr. was killed and initially named by police as the shooter who opened fire during an altercation inside the mall.
Hoover Police issued a statement on Friday explaining they no longer believed Bradford fired any shots, and said the shooter remained at large. Hoover PD allege in their Friday evening statement that Bradford Jr., was reportedly seen fleeing the shooting scene while brandishing a handgun. Monday, police clarified Bradford “had a gun in his hand.” Police said in their Monday statement that “instantly heightened the sense of threat to approaching police officers responding to the chaotic scene.”
Hoover Police say Bradford Jr. was engaged, then shot and killed by a uniformed Hoover Police officer. The gunman who fired the shots injuring the 12-year-old and 18-year-old remains at large.
His mother, father, brother, uncle and cousin spoke at the press conference, along with nationally recognized civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump, to demand video of the incident to be released and answers from officials.
Monday night, protesters took to the streets in Hoover, demanding, “Justice for E.J.”