BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Police say a 17-year-old high school student was shot and killed Saturday at an apartment complex in Birmingham, the third teen fatally shot in the city in a week.
Police identified him as Kamaree Shondale Phillips of Clay news outlets reported. The shooting happened around 4:15 p.m. and responding officers found Phillips lying on the ground by a vehicle suffering from critical injuries, police said. He died at a hospital.
Phillips was sitting in a vehicle when an unidentified person walked up and began firing at him and then fled, police said.
Previously, 17-year-old Caleb Witt was killed March 26 and 16-year-old Jada White died March 29.
“We’re just dealing with a generation that is desensitized to violence,’’ said Birmingham police Officer Truman Fitzgerald, according to al.com. “That’s their first go-to, grabbing a gun.”
Fitzgerald said there were people around when Phillips was shot and investigators believe there are witnesses who could help them.