Media Release 186- Statement from Chief Scott Thurmond
Statement From Chief Scott Thurmond
On Monday, September 4, 2023, at approximately 2:37 a.m., Birmingham Police Officers were called to Aria Lounge and Restaurant, 930 5th Avenue North, and UAB Emergency Room on several individuals shot. Also, once several of the victims arrived at UAB Hospital by private vehicle they were fired upon again as they attempted to seek treatment. The UAB Hospital Emergency Room as well as an unoccupied UAB Police Vehicle were struck by gunfire. Four females and one male were shot. Two females lost their lives to yet again another senseless act of violence in our city. Early indications are those who were shot were most likely innocent victims.
As a result, we have two women whose lives were cut entirely too short. Two families were destroyed, and three other victims will have to live with the scars of this senseless violence for the rest of their lives. The vast majority of our citizens want a safer, better Birmingham, yet we continue to have a small group who can only resolve conflict by gunfire. Our city and its leadership will continue to work hard every day to hold those accountable for senseless acts of violence such as this morning’s incident. It is imperative for everyone to work together to prevent and eliminate future acts of violence. Put the guns down, they don’t solve problems, they only create bigger problems, and destroy families and our city. Birmingham and our residents deserve better.