by KURT CHIRBAS – (NBC News) - One person was fatally shot and five others were injured after a community peace rally in Alabama, police said.
The drama unfolded in Birmingham on Sunday evening.
Birmingham police said reports of "multiple people" shot came in around 8:15 p.m. local time. Responding officers found six people wounded, according to police. All were taken to a local hospital where one victim was pronounced dead. Police did not provide information on the others' conditions.
The gunfire rang out just one hour after the rally ended in a nearby park but the incidents were believed to be unrelated, Birmingham Police Sgt. Bryan Shelton said in an emailed statement late Sunday.
"The events of tonight are disheartening and troubling," Shelton said. "More lives could have been lost tonight due to reckless actions. We are working with our community to bring all responsible parties to justice."
Shelton said police would not release the identity of the person killed until their family had been told. He said officers were investigating but there was no suspect or motive.
The sergeant told Al.com that the shots were fired at a nearby public housing community and all six victims were "innocent bystanders."
He said many of the local residents were still outside following the rally and scattered once shots began to ring out, according to the website.