1 Dead, 5 Wounded at Birmingham Peace Rally

Gunfire erupted at a Birmingham peace rally Sunday night, leaving one person dead and five others injured.

AL reports the shooting took place at the Gate City public housing community around 8:15 pm.

Police spokesman Sgt. Bryan Shelton said all six victims were innocent bystanders. The shootings occurred just one hour after the close of a rally for peace in the community’s Lewis Park.

Many of the residents were still outside following the event, officials say. Gunfire erupted and people began to scatter.

“When the shooting started happening, people started dispersing, which is why our scene is as large as it is,” Shelton said.

None of the surviving victims were critically injured.

The gunmen claimed the life of 20-year-old Bobby Clayton. Within two hours of the shooting, more than 50 people posted memories of Clayton on his Facebook page.

The other victims were spread out across the block when they were struck. Police say roughly 60 shots were fired, likely from multiple firearms. They say they believe one person fired and others joined in.

No one is in custody.

“There’s no excuse for it. It is senseless,” Shelton said. “It is disheartening, but we’re going to continue to try to work hard and seek justice.”