BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Four children are in the hospital with gunshot wounds after their mother was killed in their home Wednesday night. Their father is behind bars, police say.
The suspect has been identified by Jefferson County district attorney Brandon Falls as Sedrick Norris. Falls says Norris has been charged with capital murder and four counts attempted murder. He is being held on no bond, and at 7:10 p.m. Birmingham Police tweeted Norris was being transferred to the county jail.
Wenesday night, Birmingham police officers responded to a home in the 1400 block of 21st St N around 10:30 a.m. where they found 35-year-old Coral Wilson lying on the living room floor, suffering an apparent gunshot wound. Four of her children were inside the home, suffering from gunshot wounds to the body. The children were taken to Children’s hospital, where they are in stable but serious condition. Police say the mother was shot in the back by a shotgun, and was pronounced dead on the scene by responders.
A 12-year-old girl was shot in the chest and is currently in critical condition. The 11-year-old boy was shot in the hand and hip, the 8-year-old girl shot in the leg and the 5-year-old boy shot in the cheek. As for the other four children in the house, three are in DHR custody and one is with a family member.
The suspected shooter is currently at the Birmingham Police headquarters. Chief A.C. Roper says he was arrested six hours after the shooting, asleep in a car. Police say the suspect and father of the children came to the home earlier in the evening and demanded to see his kids. Wilson refused, and he kicked in the front glass screen door and left, then returned two hours later, entered the home and started shooting, police say.
Three of the children ran outside to their neighbor for help. The suspect then got away on foot. Watch the video below to hear from the woman who says she is like an aunt to the children, and how she rescued them and tried to treat their gunshot wounds.
Police say there is a history of domestic violence at the home and that Wilson took legal protective action against the suspect in March. The suspect’s name has yet to be released.
“We know exactly who is responsible for this horrific crime,” said Birmingham Police Lt. Edwards. “He will be brought to justice.”
If anyone has information related to the case, contact the Birmingham PD homicide unit at 254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at 254-7777.
The First United Methodist Church congregation is holding a prayer vigil at 6 p.m. this evening at 518 19th St N in Birmingham. The vigil will be for the community to gather and remember Wilson, as well as pray for her children injured and offer support to all of her kids who have lost their mother.