Mall manager killed after “reckless” shootout at Western Hills Mall; 1 suspect still at large

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The manager of Western Hills Mall is dead after he was caught in the crossfire of a shootout at the mall, according to Mayor Ed May, and officials continue to search for one suspect while three are in custody.

Thursday evening, Fairfield Police Chief identified the manager as Anthony Alberigi. 

The shooting took place in the food court area, according to sources, and the mall closed for the day as officials work on cleanup.

The manager was caught in the crossfire of the shooting, which led to a chase from the mall which ended on I-59 North.

An innocent bystander was hit by gunfire inside of a vehicle at the Arkadelphia Exit, close to where Birmingham Police and Birmingham-Southern Police took two people into custody and found a white vehicle with weapons inside. That victim has been confirmed to be in stable condition, according to Birmingham Sgt. Shelton.

Birmingham-Southern tells CBS 42 News that there was a traffic stop outside of their campus, and a person ran onto the campus before being apprehended by police.

Witnesses to the shootout at the mall tell CBS 42 they first heard one or two gunshots, followed by 30-40.

“Just non-stop shooting,” mall worker Justin Maddox described. 

Maddox and his mother had an emotional reunion outside the mall, where she rushed after hearing reports of the shootout.

Police Chief Nick Dyer said the mall has always been the hub of the town, and said violence like this is a problem all over the country, not just here in Fairfield.

As of Thursday night, no description of the suspect who remains at large was available from officials.

CBS 42 News will bring you more information as it becomes available; tune into the CBS 42 News for the latest, and check back here as we update this developing story.

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