Security guard shoots, kills man attempting to ram vehicle into crowd in Ensley

Published: Sep. 17, 2016 at 9:23 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 17, 2016 at 3:49 PM CDT
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Source: Margie Gunter/WBRC
Source: Margie Gunter/WBRC

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Early Saturday morning, a security guard shot and killed a male driver who tried to ram into a crowd of people gathered near a nightclub.

Police say this happened in the 500 block of 19th Street in Ensley around 2:30 a.m.

Preliminary investigation revealed the victim collided with a parked vehicle. He subsequently pinned a man between two vehicles with his foot still on the accelerator. The victim then disengaged from that vehicle and attempted to collide with other parked vehicles and potential victims. To try and keep others from getting hurt, police say the security guard opened fire on the driver, killing him.

At least one person was hospitalized.

"We are thankful for the heroic actions of the security guard. Further loss of life could have happened, but his quick, responsible actions prevented that. Now we will try to understand motive or reasoning, if any, behind the victim's reckless actions," said Sgt. Bryan Shelton with Birmingham police.

Check back for updates to this developing story.

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