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After Wrong Guy Was Killed, Actual Shooting Suspect Busted

Erron Martez Dequan Brown arrested in Thanksgiving night mall shooting
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 29, 2018 2:28 PM CST
This Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018 photo released by the Fulton County Sheriff Department shows Erron Martez Dequan Brown in Atlanta.   (Fulton County Sheriff Department via AP)

(Newser) – Police fatally shot the wrong guy after a shooting at an Alabama mall Thanksgiving night—and now the right guy is in custody. Police say that after a physical altercation, Erron Martez Dequan Brown, 20, took out a gun and shot Brian Wilson, 18, around 9:30pm while stores were open for early Black Friday sales. A 12-year-old bystander was also shot during the melee at Riverchase Galleria Mall in Hoover, a suburb of Birmingham, though police have not said who shot her. A friend of Wilson's, Emantic "EJ" Bradford Jr., 21, was mistaken as the gunman by two police officers who were providing security at the mall at the time, and he was shot and killed. On Thursday, Brown was arrested and charged with attempted murder in Wilson's shooting, AL.com reports.

Police initially said Bradford was the suspect in Wilson's shooting, then revealed the following day that he was not. He was seen with a handgun at the scene, but a family lawyer says he was legally carrying the gun and was trying to calm the situation at the time; he had a concealed weapon permit for the gun, CNN reports. A warrant was just issued Wednesday for Brown. The state investigation is ongoing. "[The State Bureau of Investigation] 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," the SBI director said in a statement. Bradford's shooting has sparked protests in the area, dividing the community, the Guardian reports. Trevor Noah addressed it this week on the Daily Show. (In a similar case, a black security guard was killed by police.)

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