4 injured in shooting at shopping mall in Alabama (Lead)

Four persons have been injured in a shooting at a shopping mall in a suburb of Birmingham in the US state of Alabama, the media reported.

Police responded after receiving multiple calls of shots fired on Friday near the food court at the Riverchase Galleria shopping mall around 3.18 p.m. (local time), Hoover Police Lt. Keith Czeskleba said in a press release, Xinhua reported.

“We don’t know at this point what led to the shooting or how many gunmen were involved,” Rector said, adding that the victims were transported to area hospitals for treatment and their conditions are unknown at the moment.

The mall has been evacuated “and the scene is secure”, police said.

Annalisa Pope, who works in the mall, told a media outlet that she heard six to seven shots fired.

She said the gunshots “sounded like they were coming from every direction.”

The mall was the site of a 2018 police shooting where an officer fatally shot a Black man with a gun after mistaking him for the gunman in an earlier shooting at the mall.

Police asked whoever witnessed the shooting in the mall to call authorities.