4-year-old killed, grandmother in critical condition following shooting


Taleayah Stafford, 4, has succumbed to the injuries she sustained in Sunday’s shooting. Her grandmother remains in critical condition.


BIRMINGHAM, Ala (WIAT — UPDATE 7/11 10:09 p.m.: Birmingham Police have arrested and charged Antonio Fowler, 26, in connection with a shooting in which a 4-year-old girl and a 68-year-old woman were injured, according to a release from Lt. Edwards.

Fowler has been charged with Attempted Murder and two counts of Assault 1. The charges carry a combined bond of $450,000. Fowler is currently awaiting trial in the Jefferson County Jail.

Both shooting victims are still recovering in the hospital.

ORIGINAL: Birmingham Police are investigating a shooting in Kingston that injured two people, including a four-year-old girl.

Police said a man took his four-year-old daughter and a gun to confront another man on 47th Street North. The two men exchanged gunfire and two innocent people were critically injured.

An elderly woman on 47th Street in her car was hit in the neck by a stray bullet. She drove her car to a fire station and was transported to UAB for treatment. There was an 11-year-old in the car with her who was not injured.

The other victim was the four year old in the suspect’s car. Police said she was shot in the head and the father did not immediately take her to the hospital. He took her to 46th Place North where the little girl was taken to the hospital by someone else.

“We had a grown up bring a four year old to a gunfight. What sense does that make to bring a four year old to a gunfight? I mean, you can’t read this stuff in a book that an individual would be careless enough. And if he’s so-called the father, that’s … I don’t want to put that title on him because fathers don’t take their four year old’s to gun battles,” said Lt. Sean Edwards with the Birmingham Police Department.

“We’re going to get everyone that was involved and we’re going to hold them accountable. We’re going to put them in jail. And we just need our partners in the court systems to hold them accountable on that end because it’s obvious these individuals, they don’t have any fear of punishment. They don’t have any fear of our correctional system it’s almost as if hey we’re going to do what we want to do anyway,” he said.

Two men surrendered to police at a housing unit on 46th Place North later in the evening. Police did not immediately say how the men were involved, but neighbors said the four-year-old girl who was shot lived there.

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