Police acknowledge officer killed wrong man in wake of Alabama mall shooting

An 18-year-old was shot twice and a 12-year-old bystander was shot in the back.

This Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018, image made from a video provided by ABC 33/40, shows authorities respond to a crime scene in Alabama.
Authorities responded to a shooting at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, a Birmingham, Ala., suburb. –ABC 33/40 via AP

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Protesters on Saturday marched through an Alabama shopping mall where police killed a black man they later acknowledged was not the triggerman in a Thanksgiving night shooting that wounded two people.

An officer shot and killed 21-year-old Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford, Jr. of Hueytown while responding to the Thursday mall shooting. Police said Bradford was fleeing the scene with a handgun.

Hoover police initially told reporters Bradford had shot a teen at the mall, but later retracted the statement.

Elijah King held a sign during a protest at the Riverchase Galleria mall in Hoover, Ala. —Kim Chandler/Associated Press