Two Alabama firefighters were shot while on duty at a fire station in Birmingham Wednesday in what police are investigating as a possible “targeted attack,” authorities said.
Around 8:30 a.m. local time, the Birmingham Police Department responded to a report of two Birmingham Fire Department firefighters being shot at Fire Station #9, officer Truman Fitzgerald said in a video posted on Facebook.
Birmingham fire and rescue personnel arrived at the scene and transported the two firefighters to a nearby hospital, Fitzgerald said.
“They have suffered serious injuries,” Fitzgerald said. “We have no one in custody.”
Police investigating whether shooting was a ‘targeted attack’
In a news conference Wednesday, Police Chief Scott Thurmond said police are investigating whether the shooting was a “targeted attack.” “We don’t know why it would be a targeted attack but that’s one of the things that we’re trying to determine at this point in time,” Thurmond said.
Fitzgerald said police have deployed “numerous resources” to find the shooter, but are asking the public for additional information. The investigation is ongoing and no further information was released.