At the Cathedral of the Cross Easter carnival in Center Point, Alabama, on Saturday night, three teenagers and an infant were shot after a gunman unexpectedly opened fire.
According to authorities, the victims are all in stable condition.
Center Point Fire Chief Donnie West said they were called in at close to 9:30 p.m., stating, “Once we arrived, we found four victims. One was a small child less than one year of age. Three others were teenagers.”
Randy Christian, chief deputy at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, said that five people have been detained for questioning, and added, “They are just individuals of interest that [police] are talking to.”
At the time of the shooting, an estimated 800 people were inside the carnival, while close to 100 were waiting in line. Witnesses told police that a fight escalated into gunfire.
“I panicked. I couldn’t breathe,” carnival attendee Felicia Stubbs said. “I saw my 5-year-old and then I didn’t. You either jumped the fence or you got shot. I just thank the Lord Jesus Christ that we’re still here.”
“We were all running,” Stubbs continued. “I could have lost my kid’s and my life.”
Center Point Mayor Tom Henderson said his town isn’t accustomed to such violence. “It is kind of shocking because we have had festivals for 15 years, ever since we have been a city, and never had anything occur. It was a shock,” Henderson said.
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According to Chief West, off-duty police officers happened to be present at the scene of the crime, allowing for the identification of potential suspects to be expedited.
“This could have been extremely bad,” West said.
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