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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                   Media Release No.  67 Thursday, April 7, 2011, 9:28 A.M., CDT



Contact: Sergeant Johnny Williams  
                      Public Information Officer
                      Telephone No. (205) 254-1708







Homicide Investigation

The Birmingham Police Department reports today that detectives are investigating a homicide. The incident occurred on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at approximately 10:30 p.m. at #2 41st Street South.

Officers from the South Precinct responded to the incident location to investigate a report of shots fired.  Upon arrival, officers located the victim lying in the street suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest.  Birmingham Fire and Rescue responded and transported the victim to U.A.B. Hospital for treatment.  Hospital staff pronounced the victim deceased on Thursday, April 7, 2011. A second victim suffered a gunshot wound, but is expected to recover from his injury.

Officers found that the victims had just exited a teen club located at the incident location when the shooting took place.  Witnesses described a red Chevrolet Monte Carlo and a square-bodied Buick leaving the scene after the shooting.

The victim has been identified as:  Willie Burch, B/M, 17, of Birmingham, Alabama.

No arrests have been made at this time.  Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

If there is anyone who has information pertaining to this case, they are encouraged to contact the Birmingham Police Department @ 254-1764 or Crime Stoppers @ 254-7777.


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