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15-year-old boy dies after being shot at Railroad Park

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The Birmingham Police Department is conducting a homicide investigation. The victim, 15-year-old Jermaine Walton, was found Sunday at Railroad Park near 14th Street south.

According to police, walton suffered from a gunshot wound. He was taken to UAB Hospital for treatment. Walton died at approximately 4:45 a.m. Monday.

Sergeant Johnny Williams with the Birmingham Police Department says they are still trying to get to the bottom of what started the shooting, and that's where they need the public's help.
    
People at the park Monday say they hope this kind of violence doesn't become a trend

"It was people everywhere. Like every inch of the park was filled with people. And everybody was just out having a good time, said Birmingham resident James Jacobs.

Jacobs decided to spend St. Patrick's day with his girlfriend at railroad park Sunday afternoon. They decided to head home shortly after 6p.m. Jacobs says he was shocked to hear later that a shooting happened where he had just been.

"It was a lot of police around. And with them being around felt better. I didn't think anything would happen," he said.

Sergeant Williams says the department constantly reviews security measures at local public venues to determine what needs beefing up.

"With any criminal, they're not going to wait until the police arrive to commit a crime. They're going to wait for a small window to commit a crime, and that's exactly what they did in this case. Officers were in the area, but they were not in the immediate area where the crime occurred," said Williams.

Williams says he would rather focus on the victim than the location. Still, the fact the Railroad Park is a  new venue is on the mind a lot of people. With the exception of a major fight in the park almost one year ago, there has been no violence at railroad park.  

Birmingham police chief A.C. Roper says, "this is an active investigation where we're calling on the public to give us the information we need. I understand that many people are focusing on the location but let's not forget the victim. We've had hundreds of thousands of people to visit and enjoy the park but it only takes on troublemaker to ruin it for others."

No arrests have been made in the case.

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