Birmingham Patton Park Shooting Leaves 5 Injured, 1 Dead

A Woman was Killed and 5 Others Were Injured at Birmingham Paton Park

Police officers responding to the scene of the shooting. Credit:

Katherine Conner, Staff Writer/Editor

Five people were injured, and one person was killed at an Easter celebration at Birmingham Patton Park on Easter Sunday, April 4. An argument between two groups of men at the park developed into gunfire. More than 30 shots were fired and a woman, four children, and another unknown person were injured in the fight. (CNN)

According to CNN, police said that the chaos started around 7 p.m. on Sunday at Patton Park in Birmingham. “At the time, the shooting occurred, hundreds of people were gathered at the park celebrating the Easter holiday when gunfire erupted,” Birmingham police said. Officers arrived and found 32-year-old Areyelle Yarbrough of Bessemer lying on the ground just outside of the passenger door of her vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Five other people were shot, including one adult and four children ranging from age 5 to 17, police said. “All five of the surviving victim’s conditions have been listed as stable. ABC News stated that 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 suggests that over 30 rounds were fired.” The Birmingham police held a news conference Monday afternoon to talk about the park shooting and announce a $5,000 reward for information about the case. USA Today says that as of yet, no arrests have been made. Police say that they believe multiple shooters were involved and are asking witnesses to come forward and providing information by contacting Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.