Tuscaloosa police respond to numerous calls about fireworks, guns over the holiday weekend

Published: Jul. 6, 2021 at 12:08 PM CDT
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) - Tuscaloosa police were busy over the 4th of July weekend responding to multiple calls about fireworks and guns being shot in neighborhoods.

Several of the incidents involved children.

A 9-year-old boy was in his bedroom on 1st Court east when a bullet came through the window and landed under his bed around 10:30 p.m. Sunday, according to police.

He and his mother initially thought the damage was caused by fireworks, but later realized it was caused by gunfire. The bullet shattered the boy’s bedroom window and damaged the blinds and TV. Due to the angle, officers believe the shot was reckless and/or celebratory gunfire.

Around 7 p.m. Friday, a woman called to report that she was driving on 25th Avenue near First Street east and saw three juveniles shooting fireworks in the street. They shot one that hit and broke the sunroof of her SUV and injured her 4-year-old daughter. Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue paramedics applied a bandage to treat minor burns, but was not hospitalized. The two older boys, between 16 and 21 years old, left in a vehicle parked alongside the road, while a younger boy, between 8 and 12, ran from the area.

A 21-year-old man was hit by fireworks shot by three preteens in the area of Third Avenue and 37th Street at 2:40 p.m. Monday. He was not seriously injured.

A resident of Short 24th Street reported that fireworks hit the rear of her house, starting a small fire that she extinguished before making the report.

Children threw fireworks onto a porch in Lynnwood Park where a group of adults was sitting outside. at 7:15 p.m. Monday. No one was injured.

Just before 7 p.m. Friday, witnesses reported that two teenagers, around 14-15 years old, were shooting fireworks at one another on 33rd Avenue. The back passenger side window of one man’s vehicle was busted and the front window of another victim’s home was broken. The witnesses don’t believe the damage was intentional, but called police.

Around 9 p.m. Friday, callers complained of people shooting fireworks around the area of an empty parking lot on 25th Avenue east. The fireworks were hitting the back sides of vehicles and homes along adjacent streets.

Just before 8 p.m. Friday, TPD’s helicopter patrol officers saw juveniles throwing fireworks at vehicles at the intersection of 15th Street and Stillman Boulevard. Around the same time, a woman called to report that they threw several sparklers at her SUV as she was stopped at a traffic light. One of the boys apologized before running, when she said she was calling police. Patrol officers responded and took two juveniles into custody.

The occupants of a Lexus shot fireworks from the car windows while in the drive-through at Cook Out on 15th Street at 1:30 a.m. Monday.

At 1 p.m. Monday, a caller at Elm Street Mobile Home park reported that children were shooting fireworks that had hit her home several times. Callers reported that a group of teenagers were driving in the area of Elm Street at 8:30 p.m. Monday, shooting fireworks out the windows at houses and children.

Children were reportedly throwing fireworks from a balcony and into the parking lot at Running Brook Apartments just before midnight Saturday.

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