The Birmingham City Schools released a statement about the incident. The school was briefly closed while officers arrived on the scene because many students were still on campus for after school activities. Superintendent Wilson would not talk about the shooting accident, but said that there was no indication that there was any kind of argument or threat. He did, however, identify the victim as a 17-year-old girl. This is the tenth murder investigation in the city of Birmingham this year.
The FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Explosives were among the federal agencies that responded to the call. The church complex was closed off by a yellow police tape, and emergency vehicles were unable to get in. Some people gathered around the area to pray. The Rev. Kelley Hudlow is an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Alabama and spoke to WBRC.
According to the Birmingham Police Department two men were shot in a residential area just before 11 p.m. The first victim was declared dead on the spot, while the second was taken to a hospital. Although the injured man was able communicate with emergency personnel, the incident remains under investigation. No arrests have been made. It is not known if the incident was random or if the suspects were targeting certain people.
A homicide investigation has been launched by the Birmingham Police Department. A 37-year-old man was struck in the head as he walked on the north side. Officers responding to the incident found the victim unresponsive and declared him dead at the spot. It is not clear if the shooting was an act of violence or a random act. According to the Birmingham Police Department, it was an isolated incident. The shooting was the eighth homicide in less than a week.
Despite ongoing investigation, police officers have located a suspect vehicle – a blue Ford Ecosport with false plates. Dash cam footage from the vehicle is being reviewed by detectives. Anyone with dash cam footage is asked to immediately contact police. Detectives are still on the scene and conducting forensic examinations. In the coming days, police will continue to be present in heavy force around the Heartlands Hospital.