All the time, the real assailant who opened fire in the mall is still on the loose.
Police say the suspect was killed
Police said two men fought in the mall and one of the two shot the other twice in the upper body.
Two uniformed Hoover officers working in security at the mall were nearby, police said.
"While advancing towards the scene of the shooting, one of the officers met a suspect brandishing a gun and shot him," police said in a statement.
They identified the dead suspect as a 21-year-old from the nearby city of Hueytown.
The other man who was shot in the mall and a 12-year-old girl hit by a stray bullet survived.
Police say that Bradford probably was not the shooter
Hoover police identified the dead man as Emantic Bradford Jr. They said Bradford fled the shooting scene "while brandishing a gun" and an officer shot him.
But Bradford was probably not the gunman who shot and injured an 18-year-old man at the mall, police said. They said that the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is now taking the lead in the investigation.
"The investigators now believe that more than two people participated in the initial altercation, which indicates that there is at least one armed man still at large, who could be responsible for the shooting of the 18-year-old man and the 12-year-old man. old woman, "said the police.
"We regret that our initial press release was not completely accurate, but the new evidence indicates that it was not."
Monday in the morning
Police: We can say with certainty that Mr. Bradford brandished a weapon.
Four days after the shooting, the Hoover police and the city of Hoover offered their condolences to the Bradford family, but insisted that Bradford brandish a weapon.
"We extend sympathy to the family of Emantic J. Bradford of Hueytown, who was shot and killed during the efforts of the Hoover Police to secure the scene in the seconds after the original altercation and the shooting," said a joint statement from the department. police and city.
"We can say with certainty that Mr. Bradford brandished a weapon during the seconds after the shooting, which instantly increased the sense of threat as he approached the police responding to the chaotic scene."
Bradford's parents said his son had a permit to carry a gun.
Hoover police said camera images of officers' bodies are now in the hands of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. It is not clear if or when the ALEA will release that recording to the public.
Meanwhile, Bradford's parents told CNN they were distressed that the police had not contacted them yet, almost four days after their son was killed by an officer.
"They still have not told me anything, nobody has responded," said Bradford's father, Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Sr .. "We have not received any calls or apologies."
Later on Monday morning
Bradford did not necessarily brandish a gun
The Hoover police issued another clarification, saying that Bradford simply had a gun in his hand:
"Earlier, we said that Mr. Bradford" brandished "a gun, to clarify, the word" brandish "was used because Mr. Bradford had a gun in his hand while the cops responded to the situation of the active shooters among the customers. of the shopping center ".
Bradford was actually trying to help people get safe when he was shot, said his family's lawyer, Ben Crump.
Crump also said that Bradford had a permit to carry a concealed weapon.
The shooter is still out there.
The mayor of Hoover, Frank Brocato, said the state is still investigating the shooting, including the search for the suspect who remains at large.
He also said that the city is in the process of requesting a meeting with the Bradford family.
The mayor and the Hoover police have urged patience as state authorities try to determine what happened. The police department has forwarded CNN questions to the ALEA.
But Crump said the patience of the Bradford family is running out.
"Show us the video, your words mean nothing to them," Crump said Monday.
Crump said he believes the officer who killed "EJ", one of Bradford's nicknames, hastened to judge.
"(The officer) saw a black man with a gun and made a determination that he should be a criminal," Crump said.
Jamiel Lynch, Hollie Silverman and Joe Sutton of CNN contributed to this report.