Birmingham police investigating a shooting at Harrison park


A man is found shot to death in a Birmingham West End park.

Police are still looking for the suspect described as a black male around 6 feet tall and weighing 150 pounds. He was wearing black jogging pants with a white T-shirt and a black skull cap with a ball on top.

The suspect left the park on foot and later got into a Silver 90's model Chevy Malibu with a busted driver's side passenger window that was covered with tape.

The news of the deadly shooting is now worrying parents whose children play in the area.

"I'm here every day and really ay a loss of words."

It's not what Ebony Vance expected to hear on a beautiful afternoon while spending time with her family at Harrison Park. "We have a lot of crime, but not where the kids play and not in a public area like this."

The park, which sits right behind a church and surrounded by houses, became a crime scene around 11 Sunday morning.

Lt. Sean Edwards says, "Upon their arrival they found an individual suffering from multiple gun shot wounds to his body."

The victim was found by some tables near a children's play area.

Vance says, "Makes we want to leave now."

Many families with children watched as investigators looked for evidence and talked to witnesses.

"My wife received a phone call saying the young man was shot five times.

Reverend Derrick Robinson has lived near Harrison Park 15 years and describes the area as quiet. He's now worried about his young son's safety. "To hear that a young man was shot five times in a park less than a few hundred yards away from my house, I told him going to the park alone that won't happen no more unless grown up supervision is there."

Robinson is sad that a man lost his life in this new park, created a year ago to make happy memories and bring families together.

Vance says, "I think it's tragic, my heart goes out to the families."

Police have not released the name of the victim. If you have any information, call Birmingham Police at 254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at 254-7777.