1 Dead, 5 Injured in Shooting after Peace Rally in Birmingham

Courtesy: @SarahCantey on Twitter

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Police in Birmingham, Alabama say six people were shot, one fatally, about an hour after a peace rally at a public housing community.

Birmingham police say the shooting happened at 8:25 p.m. Sunday at Gate City in Birmingham.

Birmingham police Lt. Sean Edwards told The Associated Press on Monday that some of the wounded were shot in their arms and legs. He said all five are expected to survive.

Edwards said that some type of confrontation occurred between a couple of people, but details weren’t yet known and no suspects were in custody.

Birmingham police Sgt. Bryan Shelton was quoted by AL.com (http://bit.ly/2cx51i4) as saying that all six victims were innocent bystanders.

Edwards said investigators would try and speak with the injured people to “see if they can tell us something, point us in the right direction.”

News 5 affiliate, WIAT 42, talked to the organizer of the peace rally, Leviticus Johnsons, who said, “We need change. We need change. Got to step up. Talk to your kids, your loved ones, tell them guns are not the answer.” He says he’s devastated by what happened and that they were getting such positive feedback about the event before this happened.

Earlier in the day, residents attended the “Stop the Violence Gate City Peace Day” at Lewis Park, which is about two blocks away from the shooting scene.

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