BIRMINGHAM, AL – A violent confrontation on a bustling interstate in Birmingham, Alabama, resulted in four individuals suffering injuries on Friday. The incident, which police have described as a “shootout”, allegedly arose from a dispute over a stolen vehicle.
The Birmingham police force was dispatched to the scene on I-59 South, near the 20th Street Ensley exit in the city’s western region, at approximately 4:40 p.m. on Friday. This response was triggered by numerous reports of an ongoing shootout. Upon arrival, the officers discovered two vehicles that had been shot at near the Bush Boulevard exit.
According to Truman Fitzgerald, the Public Information Officer for the Birmingham Police Department, the incident is believed to have started when a group spotted what they thought was their stolen vehicle. This vehicle was reportedly stolen from a neighboring city. The group then decided to confront the alleged car thieves, leading to the shootout.
The violent exchange left four people injured. Two of the injured individuals, who were hit by gunfire, suffered life-threatening injuries, as Fitzgerald noted. The Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service swiftly transported these two victims to the hospital.
Two other victims, who sustained non-life-threatening injuries, managed to reach the UAB Hospital in Birmingham via private transportation. The police confirmed that no innocent bystanders were harmed during the altercation.