The shooter, who was still armed, was fleeing the area when a Hoover police officer encountered him.
According to the Riverchase Galleria website, the mall was scheduled to open until midnight (local time), and was scheduled to open at 6:00 a.m. for Black Friday shopping.
"We believe last we heard that she was alert, conscious, and talking, and that maybe she was going into surgery", said Captain Gregg Rector, the Hoover Public Information Officer, during a press conference following the shooting.
Our news partner AL.com reports that multiple people were injured in a shooting at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover on Thanksgiving night. Joiner said she heard six or seven shots and was ordered, along with some other shoppers, into a supply closet for cover. She was taken to a Children's Hospital of Alabama and is in stable condition, according to police.
The city of Hoover says the incident has been brought under control by police. A 12-year-old girl who happened to be nearby was also shot.
The names of the 18-year-old and 12-year-old have not been released.
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Management at the mall said it would be closed until further notice.
An 18-year-old was taken to a Birmingham hospital for treatment of serious injuries.
"We are devastated by the incident that happened tonight in our shopping center", a spokesperson said in a statement. "And are grateful for their swift action to contain the situation".
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office will lead the investigation into the officer-involved shooting.
"This was my first Black Friday", the high schools senior said.
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