BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — One man was shot after a fight broke out inside a convenience store on Tuesday around 4:30 p.m.
The Birmingham Police Department confirmed the shooting, which took place at Justin’s Food Mart.
According to Birmingham Police Department Sgt. Johnny Williams, two men began fighting inside the store.
Eventually, it spilled out into the parking lot.
One man was shot, and police are looking for a black male suspect who may have been involved in the shooting.
The man who was shot was transported to UAB Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. He has been identified as 19-year-old Edwin Wayne, of Birmingham.
The Birmingham Police Department is labeling the case a homicide investigation.
No arrests or charges have been made in the case.
Police encourage anyone who has information pertaining to the case to call the Birmingham Police Department Homicide Unit at (205) 254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at (205) 254-7777.
This homicide adds to what has already been an alarmingly violent past week for Birmingham.
Thirty-five people have been killed in Birmingham as a result of homicides in 2013.
On Monday, Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper released a statement about the alarming string of violent crimes.
“We are extremely concerned about this recent rash of homicides. It’s unconscionable that we could go 10 days without a single homicide and then experience so many over the last week,” Roper said.
“We examine each incident for commonalities and variables. However, these recent cases appear to have no connections in any manner,” he continued. ”For the most part, they do appear to be acquaintance based which makes them more difficult to prevent. In fact, several occurred inside residences or away from public view. “
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