Early morning shooting in Birmingham prompts investigation, victim identified

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Birmingham Police are investigating a homicide after a man was fatally shot early Tuesday morning.

The victim has been identified by the coroner as Richard Bernard Smith, 59 of Birmingham.

Smith was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:46 a.m.

Edwards said officers found the victim lying against the front door inside the residence suffering from apparent gunshot wounds to the body.

According to Edwards, the preliminary investigation revealed the victim was going home after going with a friend to the store. While they approached the house, they saw two armed unknown black males coming toward them. Edwards said the suspects asked for money and told them to go inside the home.

The victim started to go inside and tried to shut the door when one of the suspects shot the victim.

Police say both suspects fled the scene in a dark colored vehicle.



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