Police: Man shot to death at Earline Circle apartments after argument with ex

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Birmingham police are investigating after a man was killed early Tuesday morning at The Oaks Apartments on Earline Circle.

According to Lt. Sean Edwards, east precinct officer responded to find a person lying in the breezeway, suffering from a gunshot wound to the body. Birmingham Fire and Rescue responded and pronounced the victim deceased.

The victim has been identified as 34-year-old Randale Oden. Edwards says detectives learned the victim and his ex-girlfriend were arguing at another apartment in the complex when the victim assaulted her. Witnesses intervened, separating Oden and his ex. She left, but was reportedly followed by Oden to the scene. There, she knocked on the door of an acquaintance. They answered the door to find Oden holding his ex-girlfriend in a choke hold.

Edwards said the acquaintance began arguing with Oden, which eventually led to him shooting Oden. The acquaintance was detained and taken in for questioning.

If you have any information about this case, please contact the Birmingham homicide unit at 205-254-1764 or Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 205-254-7777


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