4-year-old Alabama Girl Found Sleeping in Bullet-Riddled Car Towed by Police

A child was discovered inside an SUV that had been towed by police in Birmingham, Alabama, following a shooting incident.

The girl, believed to be around four years old, was found asleep and uninjured inside the vehicle at Weil Wreck Service in Birmingham and taken into child protective services. She is reported to have been in the car for a few hours before being found, according to AL.com.

Police had responded to a shots-fired call early on Thursday morning, police Sgt. Rod Mauldin said. When they arrived on scene, they found a 2002 Ford Explorer with multiple bullet holes. Blood was also observed inside the vehicle, but with no signs of a victim.

The SUV was visually inspected to preserve evidence and officers couldn't see or hear anyone inside.

The vehicle was then towed to Weil Wrecker to be processed by an evidence technician. A few hours later, an unknown caller rang the police to report that a child was inside the vehicle at the back.

Officers searched the car and found the girl in the rear underneath a large pile of clothes.

Birmingham Fire and Rescue reported to the scene and transported the child to the Children's of Alabama children's hospital for further evaluation.

The preliminary investigation revealed the initial shots fired call involved the mother of the child and her boyfriend. Police believe gunfire was exchanged between the two while the child was inside the vehicle. The investigation is ongoing and the Birmingham police have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.