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Avondale community reacts to news two-year-old shot in the head and killed

(Photo provided by cousin Tawanda Austin Harris) Ron’Narius Austin, is the toddler shot in the head and killed, after a gunfight on Saturday night.

Local reaction in Avondale to the tragic death of a two-year-child shot and killed in a gunfight.

The shock felt overwhelming for one resident. One man said violence like this feels rare. But he said any time you hear a story like this, you take a step back and reevaluate what's happening where you live.

A bullet to the head cut two-year-old Ron'Narius Austin's life short. According to Birmingham Police, two vehicles exchanged gunfire late Saturday night in Avondale lead to his death. Cambrian Daniel lives up the same street from where police roped off 3rd Avenue South. Daniel said, "I guess I have questions about why the kid was out so late." Birmingham Police Sergeant said, "That's part of the question we have to ask." BPD said the shooting happened in an alley around 11: 40 P.M. with the child's parents in the car. Sgt Sergeant stated,"It's 11 o'clock at night. It's an alleyway, inquiring minds want to know."

The driver was shot once in the back. Austin's mother who sat in the passenger seat was shot multiple times in the arm. His father, who was in the back seat, went untouched. "It makes you feel vulnerable," Daniel. "Shows you how precious life can be. It can happen to any of us. It's kind of a wake-up call to be aware of your surroundings and be cautious."

The child's mother and the driver were taken to UAB Hospital for their injuries. Austin didn't survive the night at Children's Hospital. For Daniel, it's news he hopes doesn't become common in his neighborhood ."It weighs on you and whatnot to hear something like that. It's very unfortunate. It's pretty sad, " Daniel explained.

Birmingham Police said another vehicle with at least four other people were involved in this shootout. That vehicle fled the scene. No one has been arrested at this time.


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