Two women were killed and three people were injured in a mass shooting in Birmingham, Alabama, early Monday morning, and the shooting continued when victims tried to seek medical help at the University of Alabama Birmingham hospital, where more gunfire broke out, reports say.
Around 2:30 a.m. Monday, a private vehicle arrived at the University of Alabama Birmingham hospital seeking help for five gunshot victims, according to AL.com, but when the car arrived another car pulled up and began shooting at it.
The gunfire hit a University of Alabama, Birmingham, police vehicle and a hospital window, AL.com reported, and the hospital was subsequently put on lockdown.
The victims were injured in a shooting that is believed to have been at Aria Restaurant and Lounge after an altercation.
A university spokesperson confirmed to Forbes that the hospital’s emergency department was placed on a lockdown, which has since been lifted.
Forbes has reached out to the Birmingham Police Department for more information.
484. That’s how many mass shootings there have been to date this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive. At the end of August, more than 500 people had been killed in mass shootings, the most through the end of the first eight months in at least ten years, according to data from the Gun Violence Archive.
This year is on track to be the deadliest year for mass shootings in at least a decade, according to the Gun Violence archive. There have been five mass shootings in the first four days of September, GVA tweeted Monday. Last week, a gunman in Jacksonville, Florida, killed three people last week in what police said was a racially motivated attack (all three victims were Black) at a Dollar General on the day commemorating the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech. And before that, a gunman killed three people and injured at least five more at a biker bar in Orange County, California. In response to a string of shootings earlier this year, President Joe Biden announced a new set of gun control measures, issuing an executive order to expand background checks for people selling firearms and directing the attorney general’s office to develop plans to prevent dealers with revoked licenses from selling firearms.