Shooting in Wenonah housing community puts residents on edge

Shooting in Wenonah housing community puts residents on edge

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A basketball court should be a safe haven for kids to play ball.

But Friday afternoon, it was a scene of a shooting at Wenonah's housing community. Shannon Bimbo was in her living room when she and her children heard the gunshots.

"It almost sounded like it was, like the shooting was inside my apartment," Bimbo said.

Bimbo made the 911 call after a shooting at the housing complex's basketball court around 4 p.m. Friday.

"We are ducking and dodging and we're trying to get somewhere safe," Bimbo recalled.

Birmingham police say a shooting started at the basketball court. A 15-year-old was sent to the hospital after he was shot in the hand.

Friday's shooting has Monica Hoskins on high alert.

"After that yesterday, yeah, it makes you not want to be outside," Hoskins said.

And she doesn't want her godson to either.

A fan of playing ball, he's now restricted to his porch after Friday's shooting.

"We're at the point now where we're like, oh, we're scared to take the trash out because we don't know if somebody might start shooting or we're scared to go check the mail because we don't know," Bimbo said.

Residents say they see police patrols in the area but after the shooting they hope to see them stay a little longer.

While police continue their investigation, Bimbo says she's already working on getting her neighbors together to show outsiders they will not stand for this in their community.

Right now, police do not have any suspects in the case.

Lt. Sean Edwards with Birmingham police stresses that people need to speak up and give any information that could help cases like these if they want this to stop.

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