BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Multiple people were shot in North Birmingham Monday afternoon, responding authorities tell CBS 42. A suspect is still at large in the Collegeville area.
Sometime before 3:15 p.m., at least three people were injured in a shootout between two groups of men on Fred L. Shuttlesworth Drive, Birmingham Police officers confirmed. The identities of the victims, one woman and two men, have not been released. Sgt. Rodarius Mauldin said the woman was in her 60’s and was grazed by a bullet.
Law enforcement authorities were told initially that one victim had been shot while on a MAX Transit bus. MAX Transit representatives later clarified that the victim had been shot before boarding the bus. All other passengers and the driver were safe.
One person involved in the shooting tried to flee on foot but was later taken into custody. The officer responding to the scene chased the suspect down. The suspect then brandished a firearm, pointed at the officer. According to police, the officer then fired at the suspect, missing him. The suspect was taken into custody without injury. Police said an assault rifle was used during the shooting.
A second suspect is still at large as of Monday at 5:15 p.m. Police on scene said residents should not be concerned for their safety with the second suspect still in the area.
Those in the area said so many shots were fired, it was too many to count.
“Multiple,” said Drucilla Royal. “Too numerous to count at that point because you’re frightened.”
Royal was working as a crossing guard for Hudson K-8 school when gunfire erupted. School had just let out.
“They were trembling as they held on to my leg,” said Drucilla in describing the children’s panic.
She and other residents in the area are pleading for change, concerned for their children’s safety.
No other information has been released at this time. Stay with CBS 42, as this is a developing story.