The Birmingham Police Department is investigating two shootings they believe are related.

On September 4, around 2:37 a.m., officers were called to Aria Lounge and Restaurant and UAB Emergency Room on several people shot. Police said several victims were fired upon when transported by private vehicle to the UAB ER.

“The UAB Hospital Emergency Room as well as an unoccupied UAB Police Vehicle were struck by gunfire,” police said in a statement. “Four females and one male were shot. Two females lost their lives to yet again another senseless act of violence in our city. Early indications are those who were shot were most likely innocent victims.”

“As a result, we have two women whose lives were cut entirely too short. Two families were destroyed, and three other victims will have to live with the scars of this senseless violence for the rest of their lives.”

Police Chief Scott Thurmond said while the majority of the residents of Birmingham want better after years of violence, a small group resorts to gun violence to resolve problems.

“Our city and its leadership will continue to work hard every day to hold those accountable for senseless acts of violence such as this morning’s incident,” he said. “It is imperative for everyone to work together to prevent and eliminate future acts of violence. Put the guns down, they don’t solve problems, they only create bigger problems, and destroy families and our city. Birmingham and our residents deserve better.”

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