Mom Nearly Shot at Bel Air Mall Speaks Out to News 5


MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — If a mother in Mobile had not ducked when she did, she might’ve been shot in the face.

News 5 spoke with Jamie Bookout on Friday, one of two innocent people whose vehicles were shot up in the parking lot of The Shoppes at Bel Air on Thanksgiving night.

“I floored it and laid back,” Bookout said. “The bullet would’ve hit me dead in the face.”

Mobile Police responded around 9:45 p.m. Thursday in reference to shots fired at the mall, which many people still call Bel Air Mall.

Police say victims stated they heard yelling and then heard multiple shots fired.

Bookout says she and her daughter Alexis were driving away from McDonald’s when they noticed a group of young men walking towards them coming from behind Men’s Warehouse.

She was getting ready to turn right to get back on Airport Boulevard when she heard the gunshots.

“I heard pop pop pop and thought fireworks… then it hit me that’s not fireworks, it’s gunfire,” Bookout said.

The van Bookout was traveling in has bullet holes in the windshield and on the left and right side of the van. A bullet also went through the back windows. The van was shot a total of 6 times.

Police are still looking for the suspects connected to this incident.

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