Suspect arrested in Alabama mall shooting; protests continue

HOOVER, Ala. — Authorities arrested a suspect in a Thanksgiving shooting that spread panic at Alabama’s largest shopping mall Thursday, but protesters said they would continue demonstrations over the police killing of another black man who was initially believed to be the shooter.

Erron Martez Dequan Brown, 20, of Bessemer was captured in Georgia at a relative’s home south of Atlanta, authorities said. He was jailed awaiting a hearing to be sent back to Alabama.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said Brown was charged in the shooting of Brian Xavier Wilson, 18, of Birmingham, who was wounded at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover on Thanksgiving night.

Authorities didn’t announce charges in the shooting of another person who was wounded, a 12-year-old girl, and a spokeswoman for the agency did not respond to an e-mail seeking details.

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Protesters said Brown’s arrest didn’t resolve what they referred to as the ‘‘murder’’ of Emantic ‘‘E.J.’’ Bradford Jr., 21, by police, and they vowed continuing demonstrations over his shooting death.

Police have said a Hoover police officer who was working security at the mall during the start of Black Friday shopping heard shots and responded within seconds. The officer, who has yet to be publicly identified, saw Bradford with a gun and shot him, police said.


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