BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – The suspect in the Riverchase Galleria shooting, identified as 20-year-old Erron Brown of Bessemer, was arrested around 9 a.m. Thursday in South Fulton, Georgia, according to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA).
Brown is the suspect in the Riverchase Galleria mall shooting that injured two when gunfire erupted following an altercation outside of the Footaction on Thanksgiving night. ALEA says a warrant was issued for Brown for the attempted murder of 18-year-old Brian Xavier Wilson.
A 12-year-old girl was also shot; she was not mentioned in the release regarding the arrest of Brown.
In the moments after the shots were fired, a responding uniformed Hoover PD officer shot and killed 21-year-old Emantic Fitzgerald “EJ” Bradford. Officials that night said they had killed the shooter; the next day, they said Bradford had not opened fire but had “brandished” a handgun. Monday, police clarified Bradford “had a gun in his hand.”
ALEA’s State Bureau of Investigations is investigating. They, along with the U.S. Marshals Service and Georgia Bureau of Investigation, took Brown into custody Thursday morning.
Brown’s bond is set at $150,000. He will be booked into the Jefferson County Jail after he is extradited from Georgia.
SBI Director John Q. Hamm stated, “SBI will continue to work efficiently, thoroughly and impartially to bring all relevant facts to light to provide the DA with the most accurate facts and evidence possible in this case. This is not just SBI’s commitment to the people of Hoover and Jefferson County, but SBI’s commitment to the citizens of Alabama in all investigations SBI undertakes.”
According to the release, additional charges are expected as the investigation progresses. Once the investigation is completed, the file in its entirety will be turned over to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.
Jefferson County District Attorney Danny Carr released the following statement:
Today Erron Brown was arrested for Attempted Murder for the shooting of Brian Wilson that took place at the Galleria Mall on Thanksgiving night. While charges are being brought against Mr. Brown, ALEA’s investigation is not complete and remains ongoing and we will continue to review all evidence submitted to our office related to this case. We are confident ALEA is working to complete the investigation in a timely manner. However, in light of the fact that so many people were present in the mall that evening, witness interviews are still ongoing. We encourage anyone with information regarding the events that took place in the Galleria to come forward and speak with investigators about anything they saw or heard. ALEA can be reached at 334-462-9163. We plan to share as much information about the investigation as we can as soon as we are legally permitted to do so.
Hoover City leaders held a press conference Monday, announcing their support for the family of EJ Bradford’s request for video to be released.
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Hoover City Mayor Frank Brocato was the first to speak, stating that he has met with the family of Emantic “E.J.” Fitzgerald Bradford Jr. and gave condolences.
“We want to and are committed to getting to the truth and getting it right,” Brocato said.
Brocato stated that he has taken time to talk to city council, chief of police to address “serious issues that have caused tension in the country and in the Hoover community.”
Brocato added: “Investigations take time and we are doing everything we can to cooperate with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency to find out the truth of what happened.”
Hoover Councilman Murphy took to the lectern. He said that he, along with Mayor Brocato and Hoover Police Chief Derzis, were in support of the family in their request of viewing the footage of Bradford’s final moments.
They urged the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency to approve the request, releasing the video footage of the shooting by noon Monday, Dec. 3.
Murphy also mentioned that if the request is not fulfilled by Monday at noon, that Chief Derzis would release the information on his own.
“The investigation is ongoing, including the officer-involved shooting from the same evening and location. The cooperation of the Hoover Police Department and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has aided in the investigation and the expediency of identifying Brown and effecting his arrest,” the release regarding Brown’s arrest from ALEA’s SBI said. “The SBI is also grateful for the patience shown by the City of Hoover in this process. It is highly likely that prematurely releasing information, including video evidence, would have hampered the investigation’s progress thus far, even to the point of deterring key witnesses.”