Alabama NAACP leader responds to Huntsville birthday party shooting


HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A 21st birthday party turned deadly after 11 people were shot and two people were killed Sunday.

The shooting happened at Legacy Events in Huntsville, according to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. The two victims who died were Caitlin Jenkins and Quantasia Grant, both in their 20s.

In the aftermath of the violence, Alabama NAACP President Benard Simelton shared his reaction to the tragedy, as well as how the community can move forward.

“This is a county, city, state and national issue. and people from all walks of life must come together to pray above all else [it] And then let’s talk about what we can do to prevent this without pointing fingers,” Simelton told News 19.

“Let’s talk about what we can do to prevent this from happening,” he continued.

Simelton, like others, has urged lawmakers to act to limit gun violence deaths, especially among young people.

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