BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Birmingham Police are conducting a homicide investigation after a man was shot multiple times near a strip club and later died from his injuries.
According to Lt. Sean Edwards, 23-year-old Gerald Bailey was shot near the Palace Gentlemen’s Club early Monday morning. Police received a call of a person shot around 3:30 a.m. Officials responded to the 600 block of 3rd Avenue West where officers found Bailey suffering multiple gunshot wounds.
The victim was transported to UAB Hospital where he later died.
Detectives learned that Bailey was inside of the club when he asked an unknown male to use his lighter. Authorities say when the victim did not immediately return the lighter, an argument ensued.
Both parties were put out of the club by security. As the victim walked to his car parked across the street from the club, an unknown vehicle drove by and began shooting at him. Witnesses say Bailey and the suspect had got into an argument earlier at a different location.
If you have any information helpful to this case, please call the B.P.D. Homicide Unit @ 254-1764 or Crime Stoppers @ 254-7777.