8-Year-old killed in Alabama mall shooting


HOOVER, Al. (WDEF)- The Hoover Police Department says that an 8-year-old boy has died after being shot at the Riverchase Galleria Friday afternoon.

Three others were injured and transported to local hospitals for treatment.

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According to the Hoover Police Department, they received calls of shots fired at the mall just after 3:18 p.m. on Friday.

At this time, authorities do not know how many gunmen were involved in the shooting and what led to the shooting.

Hoover Police Chief Nicholas Derzis says, “I visited with the parents of a child that we lost. And this was just a very senseless tragedy and of course they are devastated by this and I want to ask all of the citizens of whoever in the metropolitan area to pray for this family. Keep them in your prayers.”

The Galleria remain closed Saturday.

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Danielle Moss joined the WDEF 12 News team in April 2019 as a reporter, producer and fill-in Meteorologist. She began her journey at WDEF as a weather intern. You can find Danielle on the evening anchor desk every weekend. She also reports during the week and does weather as well. Danielle grew up in Atlanta, GA and graduated from Jacksonville State University with a Mass Communications degree. She is currently enrolled in Mississippi State's Broadcast and Operational Meteorology degree program and is expected to graduate in May of 2020. Prior to WDEF, Danielle worked as a sideline reporter on Friday Night Network. She is an avid traveler and is excited to start exploring Chattanooga. To connect with Danielle on social media you can find her on Twitter: @SunnyD_wx and you can like her Facebook page: Danielle Moss WDEF.