Shooting at Alabama fire station leaves two firefighters critically injured


A shooting at a fire station in Birmingham, Alabama, on Wednesday left two firefighters in serious condition, law enforcement officials said.

A man or group of men entered the building through an open door in the morning and then fired at firefighters, according to Birmingham Police Chief Scott Thurmond.

The two injured firefighters, both men, were transported to a local hospital for treatment.

At the time of the shooting, police said firefighters were conducting routine morning checks on equipment and the fire truck at Station 9 in Norwood, a Birmingham neighborhood.

Investigators believe the shooting was directed but have not determined a motivation for the attack, Thurmond said.

“It is extremely unusual for someone to come near one of our fire stations,” Thurmond said.

“Our firefighters are there to protect and help,” he continued, adding that it was “very concerning, disheartening that this was happening in our community.”

No suspects have been detained and the incident remains under investigation, authorities said.

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