HOOVER, Ala. (WBMA) – Hoover Police Chief Derzis says an 8-year-old child was killed in the Friday shooting at Riverchase Galleria in Hoover.
Police said he died shortly after he arrived at Children's of Alabama.
The Bessemer City School System identified the child as one of its students, releasing a statement that said: "It is with deep regret that we announce the tragic loss of Jonesboro Elementary School student Royta Giles Jr. School administrators have been speaking with the child’s family members and offer support as they grieve the sudden and difficult loss.
“Our hearts are simply broken at the tragic loss of Royta. We are here for the family in every way possible, and we ask that everyone lifts the mother, family, and our school community in your prayers. This is tough,” says Bessemer City Schools superintendent, Dr. Autumm Jeter.
Royta Giles was heading to the 3rd grade this fall. Principal Dr. Anjell Edwards, and staff describe him as a smart child, who was a jewel, with big dreams of someday entering the music industry. “He was bright, articulate, and very convincing. We even tried to convince him to become a lawyer,” says former assistant principal Mr. Van James."
Also, ajuvenile female was shot and transported to Children's of Alabama in unknown condition
A male was shot and transported from American Family Health to UAB Hospital in unknown condition
A female was shot and transported to UAB Hospital in unknown condition.
The Hoover Police Department has confirmed reports of shots fired at the Riverchase Galleria shopping mall in Hoover.
Police said multiple people have been shot.
There are at least four victims who have been transferred to local hospitals.
They don't know how many gunmen were involved.
Police say the scene is contained, and the mall has been evacuated.
In November 2018 at the mall, a police officer fatally shot a Black man with a gun after mistaking him for the gunman in an earlier shooting at the mall.
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