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Birmingham police investigate first 2 homicides of 2022 just hours into new year


Birmingham’s first homicide of 2022 came just two hours and three minutes into the new year and a second followed just hours later.

The first happened at 2:03 a.m. in the 300 block of 24th Street South.

Officer Truman Fitzgerald said South Precinct officers were dispatched to the area on a report of a fight. The call was then updated to shots fired.

A Birmingham officer working off-duty in the area responded and found the victim in a parking lot suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was taken to UAB Hospital where he died in surgery just over two hours later.

Fitzgerald said the preliminary investigation suggests the shooting may have stemmed from a fight between several people. No suspects are in custody.

200 block 24th Street South

A person was shot to death early Jan. 1, 2022, in the 300 block of 24th Street South. (Google Maps)

Then, shortly after 7:30 a.m. police responded to the 800 block of Cable Car Court off Valley Avenue after a male was found dead in a parked vehicle at an apartment complex.

Somebody coming home from work made the discovery.

The windows of the small sedan had been shot out and investigators placed at least 19 shell casing markers near the vehicle.

It wasn’t immediately clear when the second shooting happened. As of 9 a.m., the victim was still in the driver’s seat of the vehicle.

The city finished 2021 with 132 homicides, just nine shy of the all-time high record of 141.

There were 213 homicides in all of Jefferson County in 2021, including the 132 in Birmingham.

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



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