Police investigate shooting outside Jefferson County Family Court

Birmingham police are investigating after a shot was fired at the Jefferson County Family Court building.

The shooting occurred around 9 a.m. Thursday morning.

A woman inside was injured by glass from the gunfire, but no other injuries were reported. The woman is believed to be OK.

According to police, preliminary investigations indicate that one or more unknown suspects fired a shot at someone, possibly from the parking lot. Police believe this is an isolated incident and is not connected to any officer or function of the courthouse.

Natasha Gray was in the building when the incident occurred.

“The moment I heard the shot, we tried to take cover,” Gray described the moment when he felt scared and afraid.

Gray also said that this was unexpected, “not in a place of business like this, but shootings happen everywhere these days.”

Gray agrees that the situation could have been much worse, especially because of the families and children who were in the building.

“A child could have been hit, an elderly person, anyone, it could have hit me, any of us could have been hit,” she said.

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Gray wants the violence in Birmingham to end.

“I'm fed up, the whole community is fed up,” Gray said. “Children are being killed by stray bullets, elderly people are being killed by stray bullets, innocent bystanders are being killed by stray bullets, it doesn't make sense to me. It's disgusting.”

No one is in custody in connection with this shooting incident.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the BPD's Felony Assault Unit at 205-254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.