BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The Birmingham Police Department are investigating a shooting in west Birmingham Tuesday night that left an 8-year-old girl hospitalized.
According to Sgt. Rod Mauldin, officers were called to the 1400 block of Warrior Road in Ensley on reports of a person shot just after 9:30 p.m. Once on the scene, the child was found shot inside a vehicle with her parents and suffering from apparent life-threatening injuries. The injuries have since been downgraded to non-life-threatening. She has been taken to Children’s Hospital for treatment.
A preliminary investigation by BPD suggests that there was an ongoing gun battle between two different groups in two different vehicles. One of the vehicles became disabled on the side of the street when the child’s parents went to render aid to the passengers in the car. That’s when the second group began firing shots again at the vehicle, striking the 8-year-old. The child’s parents were not injured in the shooting.
Two other individuals arrived at Princeton Hospital with a gunshot wound soon thereafter but BPD says they are unsure if the two injuries are related.
No suspects are in custody at this time.
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