BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE: BPD Chief A.C. Roper confirmed that the toddler’s condition has improved.
“The child has been upgraded. His condition is now serious, initially he was in very critical condition. So he’s improving we’d just like to ask everyone to keep praying for him,” said Roper on Tuesday.
ORIGINAL: Birmingham Police are investigating a shooting on 17th Court South Sunday afternoon that has left a child and adult fighting for their lives.
Police told WIAT42 News that a 2-year-old was one of two people shot in front of a home in the 10th block of 17th Court South. The shooting occurred after an altercation in the front yard.
“It’s unfortunate,” said Lt. Sean Edwards. “Especially, you’ve got a lot of us officers, people out here who are parents.”
Charles Amamoo is a friend of the people who live in the home where the altercation took place. He used to live next door, and told WIAT the area has always been safe.
“I actually have no idea who the shooter is or what the altercation was over,” said Amamoo. “When I found out, I just heard that he was cutting his grass and him and the guy got into it.”
Edwards said the shooter was looking for the homeowner, who wasn’t there at the time. Edwards said the shooter got upset and began to discharge his firearm into the house. Police said a relative of the child returned fire and eventually hit the original shooter in the head.
“We know it was a relative, possibly a grandparent or someone to that nature, but what we would like to do is just stay very hopeful for the 2-year-old because he’s definitely, definitely just a bystander,” Edwards said.
The child and an adult were transported to a local hospital. According to Lt. Edwards, the child is in stable condition at Children’s Hospital, and the adult is still in the Intensive Care Unit.
Two people are in police custody at this time, but no one has been charged.
Copyright 2015 WIAT 42 News