Fight leads to fatal shooting at convenience store near Rickwood Field; victim identified
Birmingham police are investigating the city's 10th homicide in eight days after a teenager was gunned down outside a convenience store near Rickwood Field Tuesday afternoon..
At around 4:30 p.m., officers responded to a call of a person shot at Justin's Convenience Store located at 224 12th Street West, which is just a couple blocks from the historic baseball stadium.
Police arrived to find a man suffering from a gunshot wound. Rescue crews transported the victim to UAB Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Sgt. Johnny Williams later identified the man as 19-year-old Edwin Wayne.
Photo of 19-year-old Edwin Wayne, who was shot and killed outside Justin's Convenience Store in west Birmingham on Tuesday, June 25, 2013. (Edwin Wayne/Facebook)
According to police, the shooting stemmed from a verbal altercation between Wayne and another black male inside the store. The argument continued outside before the suspect opened fire before fleeing the scene on foot.
No arrests have been made.
Anyone with information pertaining to the case is asked to please contact the Birmingham Police Department Homicide Unit at 205-254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.
Earlier today, Chief A.C. Roper and Mayor William Bell addressed the recent string of shootings and homicides in Birmingham at a news conference, which you can watch here.
Chief A.C. Roper and Mayor William Bell at a news conference Tuesday, June 25, 2013, where they discussed plans to reduce crime in Birmingham. (abc3340.com)