The life of a 12-year-old girl who was shot on Black Friday was saved by a military medic.
The shooting took place at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, Ala. According to AL.com, the shooting occured after a fight outside of a Footaction store escalated into violence.
Hoover police shot and killed 21-year-old Emantic Bradford, Jr., who was involved in the fight, but did not fire a weapon. Bradford, Jr.’s friend, 18-year-old Brian Wilson was also seriously injured that night, though authorities have not disclosed all the details of the chaotic incident.
“EJ and Brian were friends, and the Wilson family, especially Brian, are heartbroken over his senseless loss,” lawyer John Robbins said. “He’s broken up about that. He came-to yesterday and it hit him that EJ was dead.”
Police initially stated that Bradford, Jr. had fired a weapon that night, though that was later retracted.
“Bradford brandished a gun during the seconds following the gunshots, which instantly heightened the sense of threat to approaching police officers responding to the chaotic scene,” the Hoover Police Department posted on Monday, Nov. 26.
The 12-year-old girl, later identified as Molly Davis, did not realize she had been shot.
“She said that her back hurt, but didn’t even realize she had been shot until she overheard my mom telling me on the phone,” Davis’ mother, Julie Moore Bennett, wrote on Facebook. “A military medic, Rashad Wilson, took care of her until the paramedics arrived. A nurse came to help, and assured my mom that the medic was doing everything exactly right. The shoe store employees allowed the medic to use a shirt off the rack to hold pressure on the wound, and they brought a jacket to cover Molly when she got cold.”
Wilson was taken to UAB Hospital’s Trauma Center in serious condition, while Davis was treated at Children’s of Alabama.
“I am so thankful for all the messages, prayers and gifts we have received,” Bennett, told WVTM. “Molly is home now, and doing much better. However, there are many other children still in the hospital that would greatly benefit from your generosity. If you were thinking of sending Molly a gift, please consider donating a gift to Children’s of Alabama, St. Jude’s, or your local children’s hospital in her honor instead.”
Davis was released from the hospital the Monday following the incident, which is still under investigation. Police have yet to locate the gunman who shot Wilson and Davis, though they did find a gun in the Riverchase Galleria’s Santa’s Village.
Now that the case has been handed over to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), the Hoover police have denied any requests to release the body cam or security footage from the incident.
“We have certain information about this individual and ask the public to provide ALEA with any available details that may hasten an arrest,“ Hoover police posted on Monday.
“This is a big shopping day for us as it is for everybody across the country,” said Hoover police Capt. Gregg Rector. “We always gear up for extra manpower starting on Thanksgiving afternoon, we do that throughout Christmas.
“Obviously our officers are well-trained and they go through different types of training throughout the year and they always do a good job responding. We were fortunate enough to have two officers near an active shooting scene and those officers rushed to that scene and encountered an individual who just shot someone, so we were fortunate that Hoover officer was where he needed to be and we believe he prevented further injuries.”
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