BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The Birmingham Police Department (BPD) is investigating a report of a 9-year-old girl shot in Birmingham’s Kingston community.
According to Sgt. Rod Mauldin of the BPD, a child who had been shot was found in the back seat of a car in the 800 block of 44th Place North near the Rev. Dr. Morrell Todd Homes with what police described as “life-threatening injuries.”
Mauldin said that around 3:39 p.m., officers with the Community Safety Partnership Unit who were patrolling the area heard the shots and found the child in the back seat of a car and suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The girl was taken to Children’s of Alabama in critical condition. Her current status is not known.
“The preliminary investigation suggests the child was standing outside of a vehicle in the parking lot when shots were fired amongst two males and the victim was caught in the crossfire,” police said.
One individual has been detained and is being questioned by detectives, according to Birmingham police.
Birmingham Housing Authority President David Northern, Sr. said extra officers were already on site because the authority pays for above baseline services to have more officers nearby.
“This happened in broad daylight during a time when kids are getting out of school, so we have to do better in terms of individuals and people being better, and not wanting to shoot each other,” Northern said.
According to Northern, the community just upgraded lighting, license plate readers and cameras in the last month – helping the real time crime center immediately.
“No matter what we do, if the citizens in our communities overall and the city overall don’t make a decision to stop and lay these guns down, no matter what we do this is still continuing to happen,” Northern said.
Stay with CBS 42 for updates as this is a developing story.