Sus­pect ar­rested in Ala. mall shoot­ing

Belleville News-Democrat - - Opinion - BY JAY REEVES AND KATE BRUMBACK

Au­thor­i­ties on Thurs­day ar­rested a sus­pect in a Thanks­giv­ing shoot­ing that spread panic at Alabama’s largest shop­ping mall, but pro­test­ers said they would con­tinue de­mon­stra­tions over the po­lice killing of an­other black man who was ini­tially be­lieved to be the shooter.

Er­ron Martez De­quan Brown, 20, of Besse­mer was cap­tured in Ge­or­gia at a rel­a­tive’s home south of At­lanta, au­thor­i­ties said. He was jailed await­ing a hear­ing to be sent back to Alabama.

The Alabama Law En­force­ment Agency said Brown was charged in the shoot­ing of Brian Xavier Wil­son, 18, of Birm­ing­ham, who was wounded at the River­chase Gal­le­ria on Thanks­giv­ing night.

Au­thor­i­ties didn’t an- nounce charges in the shoot­ing of an­other per­son who was wounded, 12-year-old girl, and a spokes­woman for the agency did not re­spond to an email seek­ing de­tails.

Pro­test­ers said Brown’s ar­rest didn’t re­solve what they re­ferred to as the “mur­der” of Eman­tic “EJ” Brad­ford Jr., 21, by po­lice, and they vowed con­tin­u­ing de­mon­stra­tions over his shoot­ing death.

Po­lice have said a Hoover po­lice of­fi­cer who was work­ing se­cu­rity at the mall dur­ing the start of Black Fri­day shop­ping heard shots and re­sponded within sec­onds. The of­fi­cer, who has yet to be pub­licly iden­ti­fied, saw Brad­ford with a gun and shot him, po­lice said.

Er­ron Brown

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