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Bessemer teen charged with murder in fatal shooting in Hoover's Lake Cyrus community

Hoover Police Cpt. Gregg Rector (abc3340.com)

Authorities today announced the arrest of a Bessemer teen in connection with an ongoing investigation into the shooting death of a Hoover man.

Hoover police and the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office said a joint-news conference that a 16-year-old suspect has been charged with murder in the death of 33-year-old Mike Gilotti, who was shot and killed outside his home in Lake Cyrus on Jan. 5.

Police have said Gilotti encountered suspects who had been breaking into cars throughout the neighborhood. Authorities have said at least 10 car break-ins had been reported in the neighborhood overnight.

"I would call them common street criminals," Hoover Police Cpt. Gregg Rector said at the news conference. "They're criminals that steal. They break into cars. They use drugs. They sell drugs. It's their lifestyle. It's what they do. But they took it one step further, and we're not going to stand for it. We're not going to tolerate it until all of them are brought to justice."

U.S Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Taskforce apprehended the 16-year-old and he's being held in the Tuscaloosa County Jail without bond. Authorities say they're searching for more suspects.

Chief Assistant District Attorney Bill Veitch called the suspects "predators" and said their crimes will be prosecuted "like our lives depend on it, because they do."

"When you can't go get a cheeseburger, or come out of your house to go work out without getting robbed or shot, it looks like, it seems to me like they have declared war on us,'' Veitch said. "One of the purposes of the news conference is to tell you that we're declaring war on them."

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