1 dead, 2 injured in East Lake shooting; Car crashes into park fence and more than 50 shots are fired

A shooting on Birmingham’s busy First Avenue North, across from East Lake Park, left one person dead and two others seriously injured.

The gunfire broke out around 7:40 p.m. Saturday in the 8200 block of First Avenue North, just off Interstate 59.

Officers in the East Precinct began receiving several Shot Spotter alerts around that time, Officer Truman Fitzgerald said.

Shot Spotter alone has recorded over 50 shots fired.

Police arrived on scene and found four vehicles wrecked along First Avenue North. Two of these vehicles were empty and a third was found near the Shell gas station.

The fourth vehicle had struck the park fence and came to rest approximately 20 feet inside the park.

Inside were three gunshot victims – two men and a woman.

One of the men was visibly dead at the scene. The other two victims were rushed to UAB Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

“We believe a shooting occurred on the roadway involving at least three vehicles,” Fitzgerald said. “We even suspect that the victims may have been involved in the shooting based on the evidence we observed.”

The vehicle found at the nearby gas station was believed to have been destroyed while trying to escape the chaos, and investigators do not believe the people in that vehicle had anything to do with the shooting.

The occupants of this vehicle were not injured.

Police closed First Avenue North between 80th Street and 83rd Street.

A shooting on Birmingham’s busy First Avenue North, across from East Lake Park, left one person dead and two others seriously injured.

“We have a big stage,” Fitzgerald said. “It could take hours.”

Fitzgerald said police believe multiple guns were fired.

“Anyone who knows the 8200 block of First Avenue North can tell you what a major thoroughfare it is,” he said. “We are extremely fortunate that no innocent bystanders were hit by gunfire.”

“We believe these three cars were involved in something they shouldn’t have been,” Fitzgerald said. “There’s no other way to say that.”

“That’s the message we’re trying to get across to the public. Often when we investigate violent crimes, we find that many injured people actively participate in these crimes.

This is the 68th homicide committed in Birmingham this year. Of these, seven were deemed justified and were therefore not considered criminal.

Across Jefferson County, there were 91 homicides, including 68 in Birmingham.

Anyone with information is asked to call homicide detectives at 205-254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.

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