Police in Birmingham, Alabama are looking for a killer who shot a mother holding her 10-day-old baby. Sherri Williams, 24, was standing in the doorway of her apartment when she was shot Monday afternoon, police said.
“There appeared to be an altercation across the street somewhere between her apartment and the store shots were fired and she was struck by one of the rounds,” Birmingham Police Sgt. Johnny Williams said. “It’s even more sad because she was holding her infant in her arms, when she was shot. Fortunately, the baby was not injured.”
Authorities said Williams was hit with a bullet in the chest and pronounced dead at the scene.
According to police, the shooting took place shortly before 1 pm on Monday at Birmingham’s Gate City housing complex.
Sgt Williams said two men got into an altercation at a nearby store, and one of the men chased the other and fired a gun while running.
Birmingham police are still searching for the shooter. They have asked citizens with any information regarding the fatal incident to come forward.
“We know a lot of people are reluctant to come forward, but we’re hoping someone with information will call Crime Stoppers,” Sergeant Williams explained. “You can remain anonymous and give us that bit of information. It is owed to this mother. We have a child now who’s lost a mom, so we’re asking those people who may have information, come forward.”
CBS News reports, authorities are now looking for a black man in a white tank top and a black woman in a yellow shirt who is missing some braids. The two were last seen in a black Chrysler Sebring.
William’s uncle, Kerry Jackson told reporters the mother of three wanted to move out from the trouble neighborhood, “For a long time she was trying to get out of here,” he said. Aside from the infant Williams also had a six-year-old daughter and a four-year-old son. Custody arrangements for the children are unknown.
Anyone with information about the individuals who shot the young mother while she was holding her baby are encouraged to notify Crime Stoppers at (205) 254-7777.
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