Two people shot outside Alabama mall in ‘soul-crushing’ day, mayor says

Published 10:09 pm Saturday, July 11, 2020

Two people were shot late Saturday afternoon outside an Alabama mall, police said.

Tuscaloosa police tweeted that the shooting occurred in a parking lot outside University Mall.

A police spokesman said a 15-year-old girl and a 24-year-old man were both hospitalized. Authorities did not immediately say what prompted the shooting.

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox said one of the victims was an innocent bystander.

“It’s a soul-crushing day for Tuscaloosa, there’s no doubt,” Maddox said during a news conference. “But it’s soul-crushing anytime anyone is involved in a shooting.”

The shooting came eight days after an 8-year-old was killed and three others injured in a shooting inside the Riverchase Galleria mall in Hoover, about 45 miles (72 km) northeast of Tuscaloosa.