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By Daniella Silva
The family of a 21
Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr. was killed Thursday evening by an officer in a suburb of Birmingham in Birmingham during a sale on Friday at the Riverchase Galleria Mall. Bradford's family and attorney, senior civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump, told NBC News on Sunday that the authorities should make any relevant surveillance videos from the mall or cameraman clerks that would provide insight into what happened before Bradford's death , [19659007"EmbarrassingBradleyJr”/>
Two Hoover police who provided security at the mall responded to gunfire at 9:52 am. Local time Thursday, police said in a statement.
Hoover police chief Gregg Rector said the incident started with a fight between two people, with one man pulling a gun and twice shooting an 18-year-old man into the torso. A 12-year-old girl was also injured.
The police initially said Bradford was the shooter. But the next day, the police issued a statement indicating the new evidence that Bradford "might have been involved in a particular aspect of the altercation" and had a handgun but probably did not fire the firearm. Persons were at the first confrontation involved, and at least one shooter is still at large.
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is leading the investigation and did not immediately respond to a request for comment that clarified the extent to which Bradford may have been involved in the initial confrontation prior to the shoot or whether the authorities would release the video ,
Bradford's family said at an emotional press conference Sunday that they had been devastated by his death and social media insights.
"Thanksgiving will never be the same for me, it will never be the same," Bradford's mother, April Pipkins, told NBC News. "This is the day I lost my son, my first-born."
Crump has cursed the police for unleashing the Bradford as a shooter and for not having reached the deadly shootout.
"They not only murdered his person, but they really murdered his character," Crump said at the press conference. "[The officer] saw a black man with a gun and he decided that he must be a criminal."
Crump said several witnesses told the family that the officer who had killed Bradford did not give "verbal orders" shot him in the face.
NBC News spoke to a Hoover police on Sunday, but did not hear them immediately.
A woman standing by Bradford's family at the press conference broke down and cried while holding a photograph of him
The family and Crump have said Bradford was allowed to carry a gun. In principle, Alabama does not prohibit the open carrying of firearms in a holster or any other secure manner in public, although the Riverchase Galleria on its website states that it prohibits firearms in the mall.
Crump has also represented the families of other black gun victims, including Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Tamir Rice.
The unidentified officer who fatally shot Bradford was placed on administrative leave while a separate internal investigation into the officer-related section continued, Hoover police said. 19659028] Daniella Silva is a reporter for NBC News. It started at NBCNews.com in September 2013.