Gunfire was reported on Saturday night at a festival caused injuries to four young people, three of whom were teenagers and one baby. The festival was taking place at Cathedral of the Cross A.O.H. Church of God on Center Point Parkway.
The Chief Deputy Randy Christian of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office released a statement saying that none of the injuries was life threatening. One of the victims was a pregnant woman who was also taken to the hospital for minor injuries after she was knocked in the stampede as people were running away from the gunfire.
Reports indicate that the shooting happened just before 9:30 p.m. A 10-year-old was briefly missing but was later found unharmed at a nearby restaurant. The Chief Deputy of the Jefferson County reported that five people have been taken into custody for questioning.
The three teenage victims were taken to UAB Hospital while the youngest was taken to Children's of Alabama. Reports indicate that while the gunfire was taking place, around 900 people were at the carnival. Around 800 were inside the event and 100 waiting in line to get in.
Authorities reported that a fight broke out inside the carnival, and gunfire ensued. It wasn't immediately clear how many people were shooting.
One of the witnesses identified as Felicia Stubbs revealed that people were extremely shocked by the incident and hence they opted to jump the fence or they’d get shot. Stubbs revealed that said a man knocked down a portion of the fence, and people escaped through that opening.
In response to the incident, approximately 60 Birmingham police and Jefferson County deputies and 35 firefighters showed up to the scene. The shooting took place during the 10th annual Spring Carnival extravaganza which began on Wednesday and was set to run through Easter Sunday.
Center Point Mayor Tom Henderson expressed his disappointment after the shooting, he said that its shocking since festivals have been held for 15 years and such an incident had never occurred. Chief West revealed that Deputies working off-duty jobs at the carnival manged to capture some of those now undergoing questioning.