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Mall Shooting Story Gets Way Bigger

'Outraged' parents of shooting victim demand justice
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 25, 2018 12:16 PM CST
Protestors carry a sign reading “Justice for E.J.” during a protest at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, Ala., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018.   (AP Photo/Kim Chandler)
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(Newser) – The parents of a man killed by Alabama police Friday are calling for justice after authorities apparently shot the wrong guy, ABC News reports. "I'm outraged as a mother because I carried him for nine months," says April Pipkins, mother of police-shooting victim Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr., 21. "As a mother, no one understands how I feel. It's like someone ripped my heart out." Police initially said they had shot the gunman who wounded an 18-year-old male and 12-year-old girl at Riverchase Galleria Mall in Hoover, a Birmingham suburb, but later admitted Bradford was not the shooter. A new family lawyer says Bradford was a Good Samaritan trying to calm the situation by legally carrying a handgun in an "open carry" state. For more:

  • Trying to help: "The police calling him a killer, when they had the video there," says Ben Crump, the family lawyer. "They wanted to justify the killing and that's why they were so quick to assassinate his character. When the police saw him, all they saw was the worst, when the young man was trying to help the situation."

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