Officials reported that the shooting occurred at around 10:45 p.m., and Sgt. Bryan Shelton said one juvenile and two adults were injured.
The injured child and man were patrons of the restaurant, and were leaving it when the masked gunman appeared and began shooting.
The father was armed and returned fire, and the wounded gunman died from injuries later at the hospital.
Initial police scanner reports said the shooting may have happened during a robbery, but that has not been confirmed. Shelton explained that the restaurant was closing for the night and the manager was unlocking the door to let out a father and his two teen sons.
The injured father and son are expected to fully recover.
“Right now it appears the victim made a decision that cost his life and the father made a decision that preserved his and children’s’ life,” Shelton said.
Thankfully, no charges are expected.
Many people wonder how anyone could even expect charges in a case like this and are thankful for the Second Amendment, which gives law abiding citizens like this dad the ability to stop what could have turned into a mass killing.
Police are still investigating the incident and have asked anyone with information to contact Birmingham officials at 205-254-1764 or Crimes Stoppers at 205-254-7777.