homeU.S.

Infant and three teens injured in shooting at Alabama church's Easter carnival

(Facebook/Cathedral of the Cross A.O.H. Church of God)Cathedral of the Cross A.O.H. Church of God in Center Point, Alabama.

An infant and three teenagers were injured by gunfire at an Easter carnival in Center Point, Alabama on Saturday night.

The shooting occurred at the Cathedral of the Cross A.O.H. Church of God on Center Point Parkway just before 9:30 p.m. after a fight broke out inside the carnival, the authorities said.

The baby, under the age of one, has been taken to the Children's Hospital of Alabama, while the teenagers were treated at the UAB Hospital's trauma center. A pregnant woman that was knocked to the ground during the commotion that followed the gunfire was also taken to a hospital, according to the Daily Mail.

Chief Deputy Randy Christian of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said that the injuries sustained by the victims were non-life threatening.

"I panicked. I couldn't breathe. I saw my 5-year-old and then I didn't. You either jumped the fence or you got shot. I just thank the Lord Jesus Christ that we're still here," said Felicia Stubbs, who was at the carnival with her four children during the shooting incident.

Stubbs recounted that people were able to escape after a man knocked down a portion of a fence. "We were all running. I could have lost my kids and my life," she said.

About 900 people were present at the carnival, with 800 inside the event and 100 waiting in line to get in.

The church was holding its 10th annual Spring Carnival extravaganza, which began on Wednesday and ran until Easter Sunday.

About 60 Birmingham police and Jefferson County deputies, as well as 35 firefighters, were called to the scene. Center Point Fire Chief Donnie West said there were deputies that were working off-duty jobs at the carnival. The authorities have taken five people into custody for questioning.

"It is kind of shocking because we have had festivals for 15 years ever since we have been a city and never had anything occur. It was a shock," said Center Point Mayor Tom Henderson, as reported by AL.com.

Stubbs said that she's attended the Spring Carnival before, and there have never been any major problems.

"I'm trying to see how they got a gun in there. Who shoots on church grounds?" she said. "It's so sad. And it's ridiculous," she added

Go to the Home Page

Top News

comments powered by Disqus

Inside Christian Times