Crime Stoppers September 8: Police need to know who killed Brandon McGuire

Brandon McGuire


It was late at night in the Summer of 2009. {}A couple of guys were standing outside a home. {}Then, a hail of gunfire shattered the silence.When it was over, Brandon McGuire was dead. {}His killers are still on the streets, and Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper is refusing to tolerate the silence that has surrounded this case.From Chief Roper:"A lot of people around Roosevelt City and Brighton know exactly who we're looking for. {}Now, it's a matter of getting some courage and making an anonymous call.On the night of August 3, 2009, Brandon McGuire and some friends were hanging out near a vacant home on Jesse Owens Drive. {}Gunmen opened fire from between the houses behind them, and McGuire was killed.You might recall, about 10 minutes later, there was another homicide nearby on Tremont Street in Brighton. {}A lot of people say the shootings are connected and that the second one was retaliation.Whatever the case, justice for Brandon McGuire doesn't come through retaliation on the streets. That only leaves killers in your neighborhood, ready to kill someone else the next time they get upset.We have spoken with a resident who saw two men running from an alley on the night of the shootings. {}The men were carrying guns and raced off in a white SUV.So maybe you know who's driving that SUV and bragging about what happened. {}Or maybe you've known all along who did this. {}Either way, you're safe if you call Crime Stoppers.Just dial (205) 254-7777. {}We'll never ask your name, and Crime Stoppers cannot call you to court. Plus, the call is never recorded, and there is a cash reward.Make the call for yourself. {}Do it for your neighbors. {}And do it for Brandon McGuire.With Crime Stoppers, I'm Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper."TO PROVIDE A TIP ON THE CASE:{}You can reach Crime Stoppers anytime at (205) 254-7777.Also, you can text 7777, along with your tip, to the word "CRIMES."{} Or if you prefer to send an encrypted tip online, go to{}{}and click on the "submit an online tip" link.

No matter which method you choose, you will remain anonymous.{} Each tipster receives a private code number.{} If an arrest is made based on an individual's tip, the tipster can use the code number to claim a cash reward.

Crime Stoppers cannot call tipsters to testify in court.

Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama is a partnership between local law enforcement, the Birmingham Business Alliance and ABC 33/40.{} Together, our goal is to make our community a safer place to live and work.