BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – The Birmingham Police Department reports one person is dead and two people are in stable condition after a shooting on 9th Street and 44th Place North in Kingston. All victims were taken to UAB Hospital.
The deceased victim has been identified as Rakim Hawkins, 23, of Birmingham, according to a Birmingham Police press release.
Preliminary investigation revealed individuals were playing dice at the location when an unknown black male began shooting. The suspect then got away in a vehicle, driving in an unknown direction, says Sgt. Bryan Shelton.
Shelton issued a statement saying, “To take a chance and shoot at someone with so many people around is clearly a disregard for life. It also shows that the life of Mr. Hawkins or the other victims did not matter to the shooter.”
Birmingham Police reports there is no information on motive at this time, and they have no suspect information.
At the same time as the shooting, Birmingham Mayor William Bell was hosting a Youth Summit at Boutwell Auditorium called “Think 10 Seconds.” The Mayor says the event was aimed at curbing the kind of violence that erupted in Kingston.
“It’s so important for us to continue to reach out to the young people so that they don’t become the victims or perpetrators of crime in our community,” said Bell.
Young people at the event had the opportunity to ask and answer questions with a panel of authority figures in the community, and World Boxing Council Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder was a celebrity guest.
“It’s about interchange. It’s about exchanging ideas and concepts to get them to start thinking for themselves,” said Bell.
“On the one instance it seems like you’re probably making progress. Then on the next instance something like this happens. But you don’t give up,” said Sgt. Shelton.