Deadly shooting in north Birmingham neighborhood is city’s 6th homicide in 4 days

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Gunfire erupted in a northern Birmingham neighbor Tuesday night, leaving one male dead in the parking lot of an apartment complex.

Just before 9 p.m., Birmingham police received a report of shots fired in the 1400 block of 21st Street North. As officers were en route, they received updated information that a vehicle had wrecked.

They walked into the parking lot where they found what appeared to be an adult male unresponsive on the ground outside of the vehicle. Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service pronounced the victim dead on the scene.

Officer Truman Fitzgerald said the probe is in its early stages, and it’s unclear what happened. Officers and detectives are canvassing the neighborhood, which is in the Druid Hills area, looking for potential clues and witnesses.

No suspects were in custody.

The homicide is the city’s sixth in four days, and the 79th so far this year.

“It has been an absolutely horrible past few days,’’ Fitzgerald said. “I can say personally I’ve spoken with patrol officers…it’s traumatic on our officers.”

“We have officers that literally trying to do the best they can to prevent crimes like these, but as everyone knows, homicide is just as much a community issue as it is a police issue,” he said.

“That’s not to pass but the ball, because we can do better, however we need the community’s help because we can’t do this on own,’’ he said. “We’re thankful that for the recent homicides we’ve been able to make arrests due to the community’s help.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Birmingham homicide detectives at 205-254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.

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