Multiple people shot in Avondale district; 1 child dead

Ron'Narius "Duke" Austin

UPDATE (1:48 p.m) - Sgt. Shelton has identified the 2 year-old victim as Ron’Narius Austin.

In an afternoon release, Shelton said around 11:40 p.m Saturday night, officers from the South Precinct responded to 4100 3rd Avenue South for three people shot inside of a vehicle.

Sgt. Shelton said when officers arrived they discovered the driver of the vehicle had been shot once in the back, a female passenger who was the mother of victim, had been shot multiple times in the arm and the two year old victim was shot once in the head.

Another male, who has been identified as the father of the victim, was in the back seat with the two year old during the shooting, but was not injured.

The adult victims were taken to UAB Hospital and the child was taken to Children’s Hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Preliminary investigation revealed the shooting took place in the alley of the 4200 block of 4th Ave. South.

A vehicle with at least four individuals was at some point involved in a shootout with the car the victim and his parents were in.

After the shooting that suspect vehicle left the scene.

It is not clear at this time what started the exchange of gunfire.

Police report that information is still coming in, and at this time there are no suspects or motives.


UPDATE (9:48 a.m) - Birmingham Sgt. Bryan Shelton in a press release update says the 2 year old child involved in last night's shooting has died.

Sgt. Shelton says both parents of the child were in the vehicle at the time of the shooting, and that the mother was also shot and is at the hospital. Her condition is unknown.

Shelton added that the father was not shot in the incident.


Birmingham Police have confirmed to ABC 33/40 that three people have been shot in the 4100 block of 3rd Ave S, in the Avondale district of downtown Birmingham.

Lt. Sean Edwards said that 1 adult male was shot in the back, a woman was shot in the arm, and a young child was shot in the head.

ABC 33/40 has a crew on the way to the scene and will provide updates once more information becomes available.

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