A graduation party in Anniston with over 150 attendees ended with gunfire early Friday morning.

According to the Anniston Police Department (APD), six people were struck by gunfire. One person was hurt while fleeing from the scene. There were no life-threatening injuries.

Multiple vehicles in the area were also struck.

APD officers recovered shell casings and several firearms from the scene.

Oxford Police Department also assisted during the investigation.

“The impulse to use firearms by the young people in our society is a tragedy and a shame,” said APD Chief Nick Bowles. “Your local police department is called after an event happens and is not able to predict this type of crime. It is up to the families and communities as a whole to protect our children from gun violence. APD is committed to doing whatever we can to help.

“...Lives are fragile and precious. This is not a video game or movie. You don't get to respawn. The other person doesn't get another chance to play again."

Bowles said the case is ongoing. No information about suspects has been released.

If anyone has information,they are asked to contact the Investigative Division at 256-240-4000.

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