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Huntsville police are looking for several gunmen after a deadly gas station shooting on Pulaski Pike left a teenage girl dead early Wednesday morning.
Police said a large crowd of people were at the Sunoco gas station at 3421 Pulaski Pike around 3 a.m. when several shots were fired. They said Ashia Raquel Oliver, 18, of Huntsville was shot and killed in the shooting. Officers said she was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are classifying the death as a murder.
Officers said Andrae Norvel, 20, and Wendell Jackson, 18, were both in the area when the shots were fired. They said both were hit by one of the rounds and were treated at Huntsville Hospital for their injuries. At least one of the injured victims was in critical condition.
Police extended the crime scene into Pulaski Pike and blocked off the northbound lanes, but the road has since reopened.
Late Wednesday afternoon, police said the shooting was the result of a fight between several girls that had been brewing for several days, and that as many as 100 people had been following the girls.
They said Oliver had not been involved in those fights.
Antoyne Oliver is Ashia's uncle; he and other family members gathered Wednesday evening to remember her. Antoyne said he hopes the community can learn from her passing.
"When you fire a gun and shoot that bullet, you can't catch that bullet and bring it back," he said.
Antoyne saw the commotion at the gas station and stopped by, unaware his niece had been shot there. All he said he could think about afterward was his family.
"That's heartbreaking. I didn't want my sister to see her child like that. No parent should see that."
Since February of 2013, Huntsville police responded to no less than 12 shootings or robberies. Of those, eight involved guns and one involved a knife. Six of those occurred at gas stations on Pulaski Pike.
Local community leaders said they are frustrated at the violence in North Huntsville.
"We're just going to be praying, asking God to use us," said Maina Mwaura, campus pastor at Whitesburg Baptist North. "We know that He has something big for this community and we've not given up on it yet."
An anti-bullying "Stop the Violence Summer Fest" has been planned at the Richard Showers Center for Saturday from 12-5 p.m. Organizers hope it will let community members come together with the common goal of ending similar instances of senseless violence.
Meanwhile, police are still searching for whoever pulled the trigger and killed Ashia Raquel Oliver. If you have any information, you are asked to call the Huntsville Police Department.
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