Multiple shots were fired toward Birmingham police officers in the city’s Southtown public housing community Tuesday afternoon.
At least 30 shots were exchanged between a suspect and officers in the 900 block of 24th Street South. Sgt. Rod Mauldin said it was about 4:15 p.m. when South Precinct officers were investigating a report of shots fired into an unoccupied vehicle.
As they were investigating, an SUV pulled up and came to a stop in the middle of Ninth Avenue and opened fire in the direction of the officers and the person whose car was previously fired on. Police returned fire and the suspect vehicle fled the scene. They were a half block from the shooter or shooters.
It was initially thought an officer may have been injured and police from across the city descended upon the housing community. No one on the scene was injured, but officers were checked out paramedics.
A massive search is underway for the shooter. Jefferson County’s Star 1 helicopter is providing support from the air. Police don’t yet know if the shooter was injured by the police gunfire.
“We’re very fortunate that everyone walked away unscathed,’’ Mauldin said. “But it is alarming that someone would fire shots in the area where not only community members are but also the officers. We want to make sure we get this person of the streets as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Birmingham police or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.
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