WASHINGTON, July 3 (Xinhua) -- Four people were injured in a shooting on Friday afternoon at a shopping mall in a suburb of Birmingham, southern U.S. state of Alabama, local media reported.
Police responded after receiving multiple calls of shots fired near the food court at the Riverchase Galleria shopping mall around 3:18 p.m. local time (2018 GMT), Hoover Police Lt. Keith Czeskleba said in a press release.
"We don't know at this point what led to the shooting or how many gunmen were involved," Rector said, adding that the victims were transported to area hospitals for treatment and their conditions are unknown at the moment.
The mall has been evacuated "and the scene is secure," police said.
Annalisa Pope, who works in the mall, told WBMA-TV that she heard six to seven shots fired.
She said the gunshots "sounded like they were coming from every direction."
The mall was the site of a 2018 police shooting where an officer fatally shot a Black man with a gun after mistaking him for the gunman in an earlier shooting at the mall, according to an ABC News report.
Police asked whoever witnessed the shooting in the mall to call authorities.