The Birmingham Police Department is investigating a double shooting that happened Wednesday morning at Fire Station 9.
Two Birmingham Fire and Rescue firefighters were transported to the hospital with serious injuries around 8:30 a.m. At least one was shot multiple times, and both remain in serious condition.
The shooting is believed to be a targeted attack.
"We feel like it may be a targeted attack. We don't know why it would be a targeted attack, but that's one of the things we're trying to determine at this point in time," Birmingham Police Chief Scott Thurmond said during a press conference. "It's extremely unusual for someone to come target one of our fire stations, and so we're trying to see why would someone want to target one of these fire stations in Birmingham."
The shooter entered the station through an open bay door and opened fire while the firefighters were conducting equipment checks. Another firefighter was in the station at the time and was not injured.
"Our firefighters are there to protect and aid and rescue our citizens, and to see them critically injured is troubling, disheartening," Thurmond added.
No suspects were in custody at the time of the press conference.
Birmingham Fire and Rescue Cpt. Orlando Reynolds told WBRC, "In my 25 years on the job, this is my worst day. This is awful."
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