Convenience store killing marks Birmingham's 10th homicide in eight days
Birmingham's streak of shootings continued Tuesday afternoon when a 19-year-old man was gunned down outside a convenience store near Rickwood Field.
Edwin Wayne was shot and killed following a verbal altercation with another man shortly before 5 p.m. and just hours after Chief A.C. Roper and Mayor William Bell announced plans to reduce crime.
The increasingly frustrated Roper knows the latest murder will only cause more concern for residents in Birmingham.
"As I look at my people, I see the concern." he said.
Prior to Wayne's death, Bell and Roper addressed the string of shootings in a news conference, detailing new initiatives to reduce crime in the city.
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)
"I want to ensure the public the chief and I are both committed to supply the resources and man power to address the issues we face here in the city of Birmingham." Bell said.
The suspect in today's tragic shooting remains at-large.
Williams says, "He fled on foot from this location. We're not sure if he had a vehicle close by, but we know he did leave the store on foot. We're not sure which direction."
As the senseless acts of violence remain steady, so does the message from Birmingham police.
Williams says "We're hoping that if somebody's involved in some type of altercation, stop and think. Try to talk it out and work it out without using violence."
In a combative move, Chief Roper says the police department is now adjusting the shifts of nearly 50 officers and strategies to curb crime are being developed by each precinct. More crime reduction plans are expected to be revealed by Roper during a 4 p.m. meeting at city hall Wednesday. The meeting is open to the public.