As shoppers prepared to take advantage of Black Friday deals, they were met with more bullets than bargains. Shootings took place at multiple malls across the country.
Black Friday sales have been in decline for years as the trend of online shopping to avoid lines increases. This year, lines aren’t all shoppers wished they could avoid. Shootings took place at shopping malls in three states. Alabama, Tennessee, and New Jersey all saw gunfire. With many injured, there is currently one casualty.
In Alabama, a 21-year-old male mistakenly believed to be the shooter was gunned down at the Riverchase Galleria.
The mall, in the affluent Birmingham suburb of Hoover, was emptied as hundreds fled once shots rang out. Crowds had gathered Thanksgiving night awaiting entry. It was during this wait that an altercation took place resulting in gunfire that injured a 12-year-old girl and 18-year-old male.
According to NBC, police officials have released a statement apologizing for the misinformation.
“We regret that our initial media release was not totally accurate, but new evidence indicates that it was not.”
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My God. American police just killed another "good guy with a gun." Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr., better known as EJ, the son of a police officer, was an active duty officer for the Army, home for Thanksgiving. Murdered by police yesterday in a mall shooting in Alabama. Not only did police in Hoover, Alabama murder EJ, for 24 hours they plastered his face all over the news saying he was the mass shooter. They did a press conference saying they killed the shooter, showed his picture, then said the community was safe. THE SHOOTER IS AT LARGE. EJ's family and friends reached out to me this morning. They are not just devastated, they are furious. Police publicly and local media both publicly blamed him for the mall shooting. He never fired a single shot. After police shot EJ, he was still alive, struggling. Family and friends just sent me a horrendous video of police not only refusing to provide EJ first aid as he fought for his life, but literally abusing him on the ground thinking he was the mall shooter. It was heartless. EJ Bradford, Jr. was beloved all over Birmingham. This morning I have heard from neighbors, friends, even teachers from elementary to high school – who LOVED this man. Served safely in the Army, then shot & killed by American police in Alabama while home for Thanksgiving. #JusticeForEJ
Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr. was believed to have been the armed assailant. After interviewing witnesses and reviewing evidence over 20 hours, investigators believe another may have been involved. The suspected gunman is still at large.
Black Friday violence ensued at the Oak Court mall of Memphis, Tenn. over a glance from an attractive woman. The victim told police he looked at a woman who was with one of the suspects. He continued walking as the group left the mall. When they were outside, the victim and his cousin were attacked by a group of four suspects. It was during this altercation that the victim was knocked to the ground and shot.
Matthew Morgan, a witness of the fight, said he saw one of the suspects pull out a gun and shoot at the victims. He then fired his weapon. Although it is not clear if Morgan was returning fire at the suspects or just into the air, witnesses have conflicting reports. Morgan was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.
A man was shot in the wrist between the Marshalls and Tommy Hilfiger stores at The Mills at Jersey Gardens in Elizabeth, NJ. While no suspect is currently in police custody, the victim is not cooperating on identifying their attacker.
In an interview with WABC, Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage stated:
“The fight started when someone was shot in the wrist. The victim was transported to University hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Currently, police are reviewing footage and going through surveillance cameras in order to try to identify the person that was there.”
Taraji Saving Black Lives
Taraji P. Henson has been a leader in our community by shedding light on the reality of mental health for black youth. On June 7th, 2019, Henson testified on Capitol Hill during the Congressional Black Caucus Taskforce forum on suicide among black youth. Specifically, Henson brought the room into deep thought when she reflected on her own experiences.
Henson’s father Boris Lawrence Henson passed away in 2006. Prior to that, Henson’s son’s father was murdered in Washington D.C. Now, these two traumatic events have affected her but it has also fostered a wealth of issues for her son. As a result, things get worse when young people are not able to vocalize their hurt and pain.
In her statement, Henson stated, “We’ve been taught to pray our problems away.” Henson is making it known that in the African-American community we do not discuss mental health. Instead, we let our emotions build up. If the problem is not addressed it will always be there. There will be strings attached if one doesn’t confront what is holding them back from prospering in life.
Lastly, a few years ago, Henson launched the Boris Lawrence Henson foundation with a goal to eliminate any stigmas associated with mental health. Mental health should be normalized and it should be taught in schools just like Henson stated in her statement.
I recommend everyone to watch her statement.
Wendy Williams’ Gets Her Groove Back With 27-Year-Old Ex-Con
Spotted in the vehicle as TMZ ran up for a potentially staged paparazzi session, Wendy’s mystery man was been a hot topic. Fans of the talk show host and those supporting her best life as she divorces Kevin Hunter, want to know who her flavor of the month is. Thanks to Bossip, we now know that 54-year-old Williams is getting cozy with a 27-year old named Marc Tomblin.
Bossip discovered the identify of Wendy’s new man and quickly uncovered his criminal history. While Wendy is aware of his muddy past, she says she knows what she’s doing. Let’s hope, sis!
Wendy’s new beau is a convicted felon who claims to be a financial investigator and blogger according to his LinkedIn profile. But before he hooked up with Wendy, Tomblin was arrested for robbery with a dangerous weapon and breaking and entering. Still, Wendy doesn’t care about his past and is declaring it a hot girl summer with the rest of us.
Ms. Wendy Thee Show Pony called out Kevin for having “a full baby with a woman he was involved with for 15 years” while keeping her cooped up. Proud to be living her best life, Wendy is just enjoying Marc Tomblin’s company despite their May-December age difference.
As for whether things will ever get serious for her again, Wendy says not so fast! During a recent taping of The Wendy Williams Show, she gushed about her newfound freedom. Stating, “I don’t have a boyfriend, but I must admit I am rediscovering my love of men.”, Wendy has made it clear she’s not looking for a long time, just a good one.
Are you here for the new Wendy?
Family Affair: Rob Kardashian Accused of Stealing Designs, Pulls Merch
It’s in the name! Rob Kardashian’s clothing line, Halfway Dead, is on life support after accusations that the brand has pilfered designs. Less than a week after launching the company with some assistance from Kylie Jenner, Rob has had to remove several designs from their inventory.
Fans of the independent artist Rx Skulls attacked Rob Kardashian for stealing an integral design from his catalogue. A grinning skull, which is the focal point of Rx Skulls merchandise, was featured prominently on Rob’s gear. Actively promoted on social media, the logo that Rob Kardashian’s brand co-opted was slapped onto hoodies and other items on the website unbeknownst to the street artist. But Rob did the honest thing once comparisons between the brands were made and reached out to the artist to make things right.
It’s foolish to think that he’d have no contact with the graphic designers who crafted the Halfway Dead logo. Still, Rob gathered his team and explained to Rx Skulls how the slip-up occured. While the street artist has taken it all in stride, he only has Rob’s word that the merch won’t be sold. In the meantime, Halfway Dead is going to have to return to the drawing board for original ways to replace the stock.
Strange how this family is continuously accused of stealing from small designers, isn’t it? Do you think Rob had ill intentions? Or was it just a misunderstanding?
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