Western Hills Mall, scene of the shooting incident early Friday morning. (Source: WBRC video)
FAIRFIELD, AL (WBRC) -
Two people are in custody after a 15-year-old was shot early Friday morning in Fairfield. The incident happened around 2 a.m. at Western Hills Mall.
According to Fairfield Police Chief Leon Davis, several dozen people were camped out waiting for a store to open at 6 a.m. The crowd of mostly teens were waiting to be among the first to buy the new Air Jordan Thunder tennis shoe.
"We have conflicting stories. Some people say there was an altercation. Some people say a car passed through and started shooting," Davis said.
Davis believes the bullets were intended for one or two specific individuals. Instead, an 15-year old boy standing innocently in the crowd was shot in the foot. A short while later, two suspects were arrested.
Davis adds there have been incidents before where crowds have gathered at the mall for a similar type sale and violence has erupted. He's spoken to the mall manager about the problem.
"It's my intentions to do everything to persuade him not to have these type sales any more. If I can't go that route, I will be speaking with the mayor to see if we can ban these type sales in Fairfield," Davis said.
But besides mall leadership taking responsibility, he says parents need to play a role too.
"We send our kids out, drop them off at the mall and expect police or someone else to babysit them all night which is not a responsibility of the police. Parents need to be parents and say no, enough is enough," Davis says.
The suspects are not from Fairfield. Davis says one of them is a juvenile being held in juvenile detention. The other is being held in the Fairfield City Jail while authorities seek formal charges.
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