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A baby and three teenagers were shot and hundreds of terrified revelers ran for their lives when a gunman opened fire at an Easter carnival, according to local reports.
The four victims are in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after the Saturday night attack, according to AL.com.
Police say the gunfire rang out amidst a fight at the fete outside the Cathedral of the Cross church in Birmingham, Ala., at 9:30 pm, the site reports.
It isn’t clear how many shooters there were, but cops have taken five people into custody, ABC News reports.
Some 800 people were enjoying the church’s annual Spring Carnival extravaganza at the time, and shaken survivors say people were knocking down fences to get away.
“You either jumped the fence or you got shot. I just thank the Lord Jesus Christ that we’re still here,” regular attendee Felicia Stubbs told AL.com.
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The local fire chief described the scene as “mass chaos” but said things could have ended tragically if not for the fact that several local deputies were working off-duty jobs at the carnival, and immediately sprang into action to capture some of the suspects.
“This could have been extremely bad,” said Center Point Fire Chief Donnie West.