BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A gunbattle between two people was what led to the fatal shooting of one bystander and the wounding of five others following a peace rally at a public housing community, police said Monday.

A teenager and the driver of a red Ford Mustang began shooting at each other, and then the driver of the Mustang “recklessly returned fire,” hitting the bystanders at Gate City in Birmingham on Sunday night, said Birmingham police Lt. Sean Edwards.

Edwards identified the man killed as 20-year-old Bobby Clayton of Birmingham. He said several of the five survivors received what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries to their arms and legs.

The teenager and driver, who were not identified, knew each other and had had previous disputes, Edwards said.

“This calculated shooting was between individuals who had no regard for human life, and unfortunately their actions resulted in someone losing their life,” he said.

No suspects are in custody, but there is a person of interest in the case, Edwards said.

Xavier Story, 23, who lives nearby, was just finishing his son’s 1-year-old birthday party when the shots rang out right around the corner, Al.com reported.

“I ran and tried to grab all the kids and get them inside,” Story said. “I’m getting as low as I can and trying to get my family in the house.”

After getting the partygoers to safety, Story went back outside, where one of the victims had collapsed. He told the man that help was on the way, he said.

“He had a pulse and we were fanning him and telling him, ‘They’re coming, they’re coming.'”


This story has been corrected to show that five people were injured in the shooting, not six.