Birmingham's mayor 'outraged' by triple shooting, asks community for help solving it
Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin went door-to-door on a rainy Monday night asking residents for their help hours after a triple shooting.
One woman was killed and two others were hospitalized after the shooting in the Smithfield public housing community. Birmingham Police said Monday night one woman was still in surgery and the other was released. Their identities have not yet been made public but police confirmed all three victims were adults.
The mayor was joined by city councilors Steven Hoyt and John Hilliard, Birmingham Housing Authority President Michael Lundy and members of the Birmingham Police Department. Woodfin said residents were shocked and saddened by the shooting. Some people told ABC 33/40 News they ducked for cover on the floor of their homes when the shooting happened.
"It doesn't matter if one these situations happens in Smithfield or Ensley or any of the other 97 neighborhoods. We all should be outraged. None of us have the opportunity or the luxury to be numb to these type of things and just go about our day," said Woodfin, who added the city now had surpassed 100 homicides in 2018.
The mayor urged citizens to speak to Birmingham Police or Birmingham Crime Stoppers to help solve violent crime in the city. A $5,000 reward from Crime Stoppers was announced for any information which led to an arrest in Monday's shooting.
"We cannot put a camera on every corner y'all. We cannot put a police officer on every corner and so the ability for our police officers and our detectives to investigate, solve crime and have leads to bring justice to these victims as well as these victims families requires community support."
Birmingham Crime Stoppers tips can be submitted anonymously by calling 205-254-7777.