One killed and four children shot during Alabama park Easter shootout

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An argument between two groups of people in an Alabama park devolved into gunfire, leaving six bystanders shot and one dead.

The groups began arguing on Sunday evening, around 7 p.m., in Patton Park in Birmingham, according to police. There were more than 30 rounds fired during the exchange of gunfire, police said,

The preliminary investigation indicates the shooting stemmed from an altercation amongst two groups of males which escalated to an exchange of gunfire in the crowded park. Evidence collected indicates over 30 rounds were fired,” police said.

Areyelle Yarbrough, 32, was shot outside the passenger door of her vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. The five other people shot range in age from 5-years-old to 17-years-old.

The other victims have reportedly been listed as being in stable condition.

No arrests have been made, although police are urging the people who were in the park at the time of the shooting to come forward.

“This park was full of people, full of families, and we know people saw things today,” Birmingham Police Sgt. Rod Mauldin said, adding that it doesn’t matter “how big, how small you might think it is, it’s valuable to us.

Gun control has long been a contentious political battle but reentered the forefront of the country’s mind following mass shootings that left 18 dead last month.

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