A shooting that left a male victim injured on the outdoor basketball court at Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Vestavia Hills was an isolated incident and targeted at a specific individual, according to a statement issued by the church.
The shooting occurred on Nov. 6. The victim was taken to UAB Hospital with a non-life-threatening injury, according to media reports.
A statement sent to members of Shades Mountain expressed gratitude to the Vestavia Police Department for the way the situation was handled and said safety is a priority for the church. The basketball goals have been taken down in the aftermath of the shooting, but “this occurrence won’t stop us from doing all we can to reach our community and city with the gospel,” the statement said.
The full statement is below:
This afternoon there was an incident involving a non-fatal gunshot at the Shades outdoor basketball court. It was isolated and targeted at a specific individual.
We’re grateful for the Vestavia Police Department and the way they’ve handled this unfortunate situation. The safety of anyone on our campus is a top priority, with measures and protocols to that end. As an additional precaution, we have taken down the basketball goals in the interim.
As a church, we welcome anyone and everyone on our campus. The basketball court has allowed us to minister to a diverse group of individuals in our community, and this occurrence won’t stop us from doing all we can to reach our community and city with the gospel.
Please pray for those impacted today, and pray for our church as we seek to live sent.
Shades Mountain Baptist Church
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