The Chief of the Birmingham Police Department has issued a statement concerning the recent upswing in homicides in the city.
Since last Wednesday, Birmingham police officers have investigated a total of seven homicides.
Police Chief A.C. Roper released this statement on Monday afternoon:
"We are extremely concerned about this recent rash of homicides. It's unconscionable that we could go 10 days without a single homicide and then experience so many over the last week. We examine each incident for commonalities and variables. However, these recent cases appear to have no connections in any manner. For the most part, they do appear to be acquaintance based which makes them more difficult to prevent. In fact, several occurred inside residences or away from public view. "
"We have experienced tremendous success over the last 6 years in lowering our homicide rate but we realize there is much work to be done as a community. It will take much more than the police department to overcome the challenges and socioeconomic factors that influence crime. We have adjusted our personnel resources during critical hours but will still need community support and involvement to have the greatest impact. We realize that at the end of the day, there is no substitute for personal responsibility. So as a department we will do everything we can to hold the perpetrators accountable and bring them to justice."
During the past week, the Birmingham Police Department has investigated the following homicide cases:
Wednesday, June 19 at 11:40 p.m. on Pearson Ave. SW: Lysander Perryman, 62, of Birmingham, was shot in a grocery store parking lot and later died of his injuries at UAB Hospital.
Thursday, June 20 at 11:55 p.m. on Gallant Drive: Corey Jordan, 26, of Birmingham, was found shot inside his home in the Valley Brook Apartments.
Saturday, June 22 at 2:51 a.m. on 17th Street SW and Alemeda Ave: Quartez Sager, 20, was found shot on the sidewalk, later pronounced dead at UAB Hospital.
Saturday, June 22 at 4:50 p.m. at 1117 Cotton Avenue SW: An unnamed male was found shot in the backyard, later pronounced dead at UAB hospital.
Sunday, June 23 at 8:30 p.m. at 136 59th Street North: A co-worker and neighbor found Katie Mae Lucas, 46, unresponsive in her apartment. Birmingham Fire and Rescue crews pronounced her dead on the scene.
Monday, June 24 at 12:10 a.m. on Wilson Road SW: Aaron Whitt, 19, of Bessemer, was found dead from an apparent gunshot wound.
Monday, June 24 at 5:50 a.m. near East Lake Park on 83rd Street North: Catina Skipper, 37, found deceased in alleyway.
There have been no arrests and no charges filed in any of the past week's homicide cases.
In addition to the homicide cases, Birmingham police are also conducting a death investigation on 84th Street South and 7th Avenue.
Authorities roped off the area with crime scene tape on Monday afternoon and are still trying to determine if the case is a suicide or a homicide. One person has been taken in for questioning as a person of interest in the case.
Birmingham police also investigated an attempted robbery and shooting that injured a 56-year-old man on Saturday evening just before 5 p.m.
Police say the victim was taking out the trash when three suspects tried to rob him and shot him in the leg on Graymont Avenue. He was listed in stable condition at UAB.
Anyone with information pertaining to any of these cases is encouraged to contact the B.P.D. Homicide Unit at 205-254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.
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