After Ala. Peace Rally, Gunfire Kills 1, Injures 5

Residents in Birmingham community say it was chaos
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2016 9:21 AM CDT
After Peace Rally, Gunfire Kills One, Injures 5
The peace rally went well—then chaos afterward.   (Pixabay)

It was a night that kicked off with peace and ended up in violence. Police in Birmingham, Ala., say one person was killed and five were injured as they stood in the streets of a public housing community after an anti-violence rally Sunday night, reports. Cops say as many as five dozen shots were fired at around 8:15pm, about an hour after the rally ended, from what were likely multiple guns; police think the shooting began with one person and that others then jumped in with their own firearms. While police rep Bryan Shelton says the five wounded aren't critically injured, a man identified by friends as Bobby Clayton died from his injuries.

Residents in the Gate City community describe a chaotic scene, with bullets flying past as children milled about and residents enjoyed the evening on their porches. "I'm getting as low as I can and trying to get my family in the house," says one resident who had just thrown a first birthday party for his son. "The events of tonight are disheartening and troubling," Shelton says, adding there's currently no motive or suspects, per NBC News. "More lives could have been lost tonight due to reckless actions." (More Alabama stories.)

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