Gunfire erupted in northern Birmingham Wednesday night, leaving two people dead and a third seriously injured.
The shooting happened just after 8:30 p.m.
Birmingham’s 911 began receiving multiple calls of shots fired in the Norwood area. Officers then received a call of a person shot at the Chevron/Norwood Convenience store in the 300 block of 12th Avenue North.
They arrived to find a woman wounded on the ground of the parking lot. She suffered life-threatening injuries.
Police then learned that two more victims – a man and a woman – inside the vehicle. They were pronounced dead on the scene and as of 10 p.m. remained inside the vehicle.
Officer Truman Fitzgerald said the three victims were shot at an undisclosed location nearby. The surviving female victim drove the trio to the Chevron seeking help.
The victims’ small, white vehicle was riddled with bullets. Fitzgerald said there were more than 20 bullet holes in the vehicle.
“It’s very unfortunate and it’s only an act of God that the female is alive,’’ he said.
“This was a targeted attack all day long,’’ Fitzgerald said.
Fitzgerald said the message must be sent that if someone comes into Birmingham and commits a crime, they will be brought to justice otherwise the lawlessness will continue.
The victims are Birmingham’s 127th and 128 homicides of 2023. Of those, one was an officer-involved shooting by an outside law enforcement agency and eight others have been ruled justified.
In all of Jefferson County, there have been 178 homicides, including the 128 in Birmingham.
Anyone with information is asked to call Birmingham homicide detectives at 205-254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.