UPDATE: Mayor Woodfin releases statement after speaking to 4-year-old shooting victim’s mother

Published: Sep. 7, 2022 at 10:07 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 8, 2022 at 3:34 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Birmingham Police are investigating after a four-year-old child was shot in Avondale on September 7.

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin posted on his Facebook page that the little girl’s name is Serenity Spearman.

The shooting happened in the 4100 block of Messer-Airport Highway. Police say the child was sitting in a car with an adult family member when she was shot.

She was taken to the hospital, and Birmingham Police officers said the child is alert and being treated.

The Birmingham Police Department’s Crime Reduction Team has located a person of interest who is currently under investigation.

Mayor Woodfin released this statement on Facebook after his office says he spoke with her mother.

Anyone who has such careless disregard for human life is a coward and a punk. Straight up. Anyone aiding and abetting these shooters are just as cowardly.

A suspect has been arrested and I thank Birmingham Police for swiftly seeking justice. But we must continue to wrap our arms around Serenity and her family during their time of need. Please join me in praying for and supporting this family. They’re hurting.

And for every shooter: Before you pick up that gun, before you touch that trigger, before you throw away your life or the lives of others, ask yourself this question – What if this was my 4-year-old daughter? My sister? My niece?

We need less cowards. We need more compassion for life.


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