AN eight-year-old boy was shot in the head and killed after a gunman opened fire in a mall that also left three other victims injured.
The shooting took place inside the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, Alabama, Friday afternoon killing the child, who AL.com identified as Royta Giles Jr.
Royta Giles Jr was shot in the head Friday afternoon when as gunman opened fire in a Alabama shopping mall. He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital[/caption]
The gunfire erupted at 3.18pm on the first floor of the mall.
The boy was rushed to hospital and was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival.
Hoover Police Chief, Nicholas Derzis confirmed the boy’s death and said at a news conference: “I’m extremely saddened to report that an eight-year-old male victim was pronounced deceased shortly after arriving at Children’s Hospital.
“This is certainly a tragic situation when you have an innocent child who gets caught in the middle of an altercation between others.”
Giles mother, who did not want to be named, The mother he had just finished the second grade at Jonesboro Elementary in Bessemer[/caption]
The gunfire erupted at 3:18 p.m. on the first floor of the mall, leaving three others injured[/caption]
Giles’s mother, who did not want to be named, told AL.com that her, her three children and the children’s stepfather were waiting to get into Children’s Place, a child’s clothing store.
The family was in line because of coronavirus precautions – as the store only allows a certain amount of customers in at a time.
The mother said three people had just come out but, since there were more of them, they had to wait for one more person to exit.
“We heard gunshots and I grabbed them and we hit the ground. When we all got up, he was the only who didn’t get up,” she told the outlet.
“To the people who did this, if I could say anything to them, it’s I don’t care about justice or anything like that. I wouldn’t say I’m religious, I would say I’m more spiritual.”
As of now, there are no immediate reports of suspects or arrests being made[/caption]
Hoover Police Chief, Nicholas Derzis said the three other victims are an adult male, adult female and juvenile female, but their conditions weren’t immediately known[/caption]
“And the person who did this is going to have to answer for that whether it is to whoever they pray to or if it’s the streets,” she added.
The mother said the boy had just finished the second grade at Jonesboro Elementary in Bessemer.
“That’s my baby, my firstborn,” she said. “This hits home. They took a good one.”
Hoover Mayor, Frank V. Brocato said he paid a visit to the parents of the deceased boy.
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“Of course they are devastated by this, and I want to ask all of the citizens of Hoover and the metropolitan area to pray for this family. Keep them in your prayers,” he said.
Chief Derzis said three other victims were taken to the hospital, an adult male, an adult female and a juvenile female, but their conditions weren’t immediately known.
The victim’s conditions weren’t immediately known. As of Friday evening, there were no immediate reports of suspects or arrests.