Alabama Firefighters Shot Shortly After Shift Began

They have been hospitalized in serious condition
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2023 1:00 PM CDT
Alabama Firefighters Shot Shortly After Shift Began
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Two Alabama firefighters were shot Wednesday morning in what police believe was a targeted attacked. The shooting occurred in Birmingham's Station 9 just prior to 8:30am, shortly after the men had started their shift, reports Birmingham Police Chief Scott Thurmond says the shooter entered via the station's bay door, which is kept open so residents in need of assistance have easy access, and shot the firefighters in the chest and legs as they did what WVTM describes as "routine morning maintenance." The men were transported to UAB Hospital in serious condition. The shooter has yet to be apprehended, with police reportedly looking for a silver car.

"We don't know why it would be a targeted attack, that's one of the things we're trying to determine," Thurmond said. "It's extremely unusual for someone to come target one of our fire stations and so we're trying to see why would someone want to" do so. "Is it professional? Is it personal? Is it none of the above? We just don't know." (Read more firefighters stories.)

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