Shots leave 1 dead and 1 seriously injured in Birmingham’s first 2023 homicide

A double shooting in Birmingham on Monday night left one dead and another injured in the city’s first homicide of 2023.

At 9:46 p.m., Shot Spotter, the city’s gunshot detection system, alerted police to shots fired in the 100 block of North 59th Street in Woodlawn. A citizen also called in an ongoing shooting report.

When officers arrived, said Sgt. Monica Law, they found two men with gunshot wounds inside a vehicle. The vehicle had come to rest in an area of ​​trees and brush in the parking lot of a small apartment complex.

One of the victims was pronounced dead at the scene. The second victim was transported to UAB Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Law said no motive has been determined and no suspects are in custody.

The victim’s parents were among dozens of people who rushed to the scene of the shooting.

The city’s first homicide of 2023 came nearly 48 hours into the new year. In 2022, the city recorded two homicides in the early hours of the new year.

Birmingham ended 2022 with the families and friends of 144 homicide victims left to mourn.

It was the deadliest year in recent history and only a few homicides were the deadliest in all of Magic City history.

The highest number of recorded homicides in recent memory was 141 in 1991.

The city’s all-time annual record for homicides was set in 1933, when Birmingham had 148 murders.

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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