Man found shot dead in SUV on I-59 in Birmingham

A man was found fatally shot Saturday night inside a vehicle on southbound Interstate 59 in Birmingham.

West Sector officers were dispatched just after 8 p.m. to I-59 just off Arkadelphia Road following a report of a shot person. They arrived to find a white SUV that had crashed into the concrete median.

Officer Truman Fitzgerald said the male victim was found in the driver’s seat, apparently suffering from a gunshot wound. Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service pronounced him dead at the scene.

Investigators quickly located a bullet entry hole on the passenger side of the SUV.

“We believe this driver was shot while driving the vehicle,” Fitzgerald said.

It was not immediately known where the shooting took place, but police believe it was in the area where the victim was shipwrecked and died. They are looking for casings.

“We’re asking anyone on or near the freeway who might have seen or heard anything to call us,” Fitzgerald said.

The victim is Birmingham’s 50th homicide this year. Of these, five were found to be justifiable and therefore not considered criminal.

Throughout Jefferson County, there have been 66 homicides, including 50 in Birmingham. A man was found fatally shot inside a vehicle earlier on Saturday in Brighton.

Anyone with information is asked to call Birmingham Police at 205-254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.

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