Pop-up shops say recent shooting isn't slowing down business

Pop-up shops say recent shooting isn't slowing down business

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

A shooting over the weekend in the Five Points South area isn't slowing down pop-up businesses.

Sgt. Johnny Williams with Birmingham Police said the shooting happened Saturday in the 2000 block of Highland Ave.

Williams said one person was grazed by a bullet and another person who was shot was taken to a nearby hospital.

Phillip Wood was at Dave's in Five Points South Saturday morning around 2:30 when he noticed a lot of police. That's when he whipped his phone out to capture it all.

"There was people running everywhere and police coming from everywhere. Over the mountain from Homewood, UAB, Birmingham. I think I counted 32 police cars there at one time," said Wood.

The shooting happened a couple days before a movement that's calling 5 Points South home for a week.

This week marks the showcasing of the Five Points South are through REVIVE Birmingham Street Life Project. One pop-up shop, Little Forest, said people have heard about the shooting but it's not hindering them from stopping by.

"We've had clients who heard about the shooting," said Joshua Blackwell.

Blackwell and his partners are part of the pop-up project movement with their shop, Little Forest. They don't see Saturday's incident halting foot traffic.

"I feel like the position of the shooting to the Revive Birmingham movement it shows the hardship that comes with creating something new or creating something beautiful or coming together as a community," said Blackwell.

Jazmin Lewter and her friends said the shooting won't hinder their plans to visit the area.

"Shootings happen everywhere. I mean even the supposed safest places, elementary schools," said Lewter.

Wood says he wants the pop-up projects to work and wants to see more patrols.

"I would hope that it would help the area but I think we need more police presence in the area," he said.

At this time Sgt. Williams said there are no leads in this case and they are asking the public for any information that could help lead to an arrest.

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