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22-year-old suspect in custody in Riverchase Galleria mall shooting



The Hoover Police Department announced 22-year-old Montez Moses Coleman of Birmingham was arrested as a suspect in the Riverchase Galleria mall shooting on July 3 that killed one and injured 3 others.

Police said Coleman has been charged with capital murder in the shooting death of 8-year-old Royta De’Marco Giles and three counts of assault second degree.

According to Hoover PD, officers on the scene were alerted to a male running through the parking deck of the Hyatt Regency Hotel with a firearm.

Coleman was located by authorities and taken into custody.

Upon investigation of the incident, police said the suspect got into a verbal argument with a group of males on the first level of the mall, near the food court.

During the argument, police said the suspect armed himself with a 5.56 caliber pistol and fired towards the group of males and gunfire was returned.

Police said they believe no one involved in the initial argument was injured and all four of the victims were innocent by-standers caught in the crossfire.

Coleman was transferred from Hoover City Jail to Jefferson County Jail on Sunday afternoon.

Hoover Police said they are still trying to identify other parties involved in the incident and released several surveillance images of persons of interest.


If anyone has any information about this case or recognizes anyone depicted in these images, you are asked to call Sergeant Matthew Savage at 205-739-6780. If you wish to remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward, you are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama at 205-254-7777.