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      Blount County Shooting Victim Identified

      {}{}{}{} The Blount County Sheriff's office has identified the 34-year old man who was shot and killed in the 1600 block of Tawbush Road yesterday. Deputies say Ayatollah Khomeini Muhammad's driver's license listed a Center Point, Alabama address.

      {}{}{}{} Investigators say Muhammad did not reside at the Tawbush Road home, where he was removed by sheriffs deputies Wednesday morning. "What happened yesterday was he showed up at the house at 1 o'clock.{} Deputies were called over there.{} There were no problems, no fights or anything of that nature. He left the residence.{} Two hours later, we got another call to come back. And he's in the bedroom, dead," said Sheriff Lloyd Arrington. "We're so early in this investigation, there's more that we don't know, than we do know." Responding to a call, Sheriffs deputies diffused a tense situation, then asked Muhammad to leave. They dropped Muhammad off at the Jefferson County line, about 7 miles away from the residence.{} Muhammad was told not to return.

      {}{}{}{} A lawyer representing the shooter says a 14 year old witnessed Muhammad attempt to strangle his mother earlier this week.{} Brett King tells ABC 3340 the teenager felt threatened when Muhammad was asked to leave their home, then returned unexpectedly. He says the teen's mother and Mohammad had been romantically involved for years. King thinks this is a domestic abuse case.{} "We hear domestic violence stories all the time. This is just the worst case scenario really.{} I just hate that the children who were involved have been dealing with this for some time," said King. The sheriff's department is only saying that they are investigating what they call a "death" case.{} No charges have been filed in the case.{} Investigators are questioning family members, including the teen's 16-year old sister.{} King say Muhammed was hit twice by a 12-gauge shot gun, but the sheriff's office didn't confirm that two shots were fired.{}{}{}{}{}

      {}{}{}{} The 14 year old teenager is a rising 9th grader at the county high school. He is a junior varsity football player whose lawyer describes as friendly.

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