Man shot multiple times in Tuscaloosa's latest homicide

Man shot multiple times in Tuscaloosa's latest homicide

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Crime scene tape still marks the staircase Demetrius Strother climbed to get help from his neighbors. Source: Kelvin Reynolds/WBRC Crime scene tape still marks the staircase Demetrius Strother climbed to get help from his neighbors. Source: Kelvin Reynolds/WBRC
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

Tuscaloosa authorities are looking for a suspect in the city's latest homicide. Someone shot Demetrius Strother last night several times in the chest.

He was home alone at the time of shooting. But people in the neighborhood heard gun fire and some even tried to save his life.

"We heard about five or six gunshots down the street," Wil Ledbetter said.

It's not the welcome Ledbetter and his roommates expected after a month living in the subdivision on Kicker Road and 17th Street East.

Sunday night they first heard gunfire, then minutes later, police swarmed the area.

"It's just really unnerving. You know we just moved in this neighborhood. So it's sort of freaky," Ledbetter said.

Investigators say Demetrius Strother was outside his home when someone shot him several times.

"We feel the person knew the victim," Sgt. Dale Phillips with Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide said.

Crime tape is still wrapped around the staircase the victim used to get help from next door neighbors.

They put Strother in their car and drove him to the hospital. Neighbors he was in and out of consciousness and would only say he had trouble breathing. He died a short time later at DCH.

Investigators don't have a motive, but they feel they're getting closer to answers that will solve Strother's murder.

"If you had to categorize it, it would probably be a who done it. But I think we're moving forward to knowing who done it," Sgt. Phillips said.

Authorities are asking people in that area who may have seen something to come forward.

They say if you saw someone running from the area or speeding away in a car between 11:30 p.m. and 11:45 p.m. to call the Tuscaloosa metro homicide unit.

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