HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Monday afternoon as the sun beat down on the smooth concrete inside Lydia Gold Skatepark, a father calmly explained to his son how violence is not the answer.
The skate park was host to a violent shootout between two men Sunday evening. The two men chose to pull guns, resulting in a hail of gunfire. One of them was rushed to the hospital with a gunshot wound.
The incident is spurring discussion with many in the skate boarding community who WHNT spoke with Monday.
“This is typically an inclusive place where even if you are not that good, everyone gets along and shares the space,” David Sosebee says.
Sosebee told his 9-year-old son, Aidan, turning to violence is a coward’s way out of a problem.
“I want to teach my son understanding and patience,” Sosebee added.
Police say Sunday evening, when the shooting took place, young kids were at the skate park and witnessed the incident.
Huntsville Police Chief Lewis Morris says his department has security protocols in place to keep people safe at city parks. But the security does not include any closed circuit security monitoring, something many viewers have indicated may be a good idea in the wake of this shooting.
According to a city ordinance, having a weapon inside any city park is strictly prohibited.
Police are still investigating this incident and charges are pending in the case.