BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - UPDATE: A hearing to reconsider bond reduction is set for Galleria shooting suspect Erron Brown on Jan. 30.
State prosecutors say Brown lied about having a valid pistol permit. Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office confirms that Brown has not had a valid permit since Aug. 2018.
Brown’s attorney, Charles Salvagio, informed the court of a conflict and is off the case. His new attorney is Emory Anthony.
The state contends Brown presents a real and present danger to the public.
Brown was in court on Feb. 1 when he was sentenced to five days in jail for contempt of court. The charge came after Brown misled the court on if he had a pistol permit in his possession, according to Anthony.
ORIGINAL: The attorney of the suspect charged in the Riverchase Galleria shooting says his client acted in self-defense.
Erron Brown was in court Thursday morning. The 20-year-old is charged with attempted murder for the shooting 18-year-old Brian Wilson. The shooting led to a Hoover police officer shooting and killing another man, E.J. Bradford, moments later.
A grand jury will hear the case, with Brown’s attorney, Charles Salvagio, saying “if we have to take it to a jury, I feel very good about it.”
Prosecutors on Thursday had three witnesses identify Brown’s involvement in the shooting. Two witnesses say Wilson walked up to Brown and slapped and punched him. Salvagio added that Wilson is a boxer.
Salvagio says witness Eric Parker stated Thursday that he saw Bradford pull his gun and that’s when he heard gunshots. All three witnesses said they did not see Brown discharge a gun, adding everything happened very quickly.
“I think the person who started it is to blame. They mentioned that they have not charged Brian Wilson with felony murder, and they throw out the word yet, because I think it’s a clear-cut case that he started it and he put the whole mall in danger, and Bradford when he drew the gun, that’s when the shooting started,” Salvagio said.
Brown was arrested in December at his uncle’s home in Georgia. Investigators say Brown had a .40-caliber S&W gun in bags of clothing with him when he was found. They say two of the six shell casings at the scene match that gun. The other four casings recovered belong to Hoover PD. Jefferson County investigators also found two weapons at the scene.