Argument near Birmingham’s Railroad Park leaves 1 dead in city’s second homicide of the weekend

A man was shot and killed in broad daylight Sunday during an apparent argument on a Birmingham street near Railroad Park.

The fatal shooting was one of two over the weekend in the city. The second happened Friday night on the city’s east side and left a woman dead.

Sunday’s killing happened shortly after 17 on 16th Street South between Second and Third Avenues. This location is also near Regions Field.

Sgt. Monica Law said at 5:01 p.m. police received a call of a man shot in the 200 block of 16th Street South. Upon arrival, the officers were met by an adult man, an adult woman and a small child.

The family had been visiting Railroad Park, according to family members at the scene.

According to witnesses, the man who fired the shots and the man who was injured got into an argument while the family was walking in the area. The nature of the dispute was not immediately known.

The pair were taken to police headquarters to be questioned about what led up to the shooting.

Law said the victim suffered at least one gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead on a sidewalk.

An Uber driver who came to pick up a passenger saw the entire ordeal and said the shooter warned the victim before firing the fatal shot.

Law said detectives are canvassing the area for video of the killing and have spoken with witnesses.

Sunday’s fatal shooting brings the city’s homicide toll so far this year to 113. Of those, six have been ruled responsible and are therefore not considered criminals.

In all of Jefferson County, there have been 153 homicides, including the 113 in Birmingham.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 205-254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.

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