Three separate deadly shootings on Saturday brought Birmingham’s homicide investigation total in 2023 to over 120 as the year draws to a close.

Birmingham Police Department (BPD) public information officer Laquitta Wade informed the press via email of two homicide investigations on Saturday, one at around noon at the Pita Stop on 12th Street South and another around 5:45 p.m. at 1200 Princeton Avenue SW.

Wade said that the BPD will identify the victim of the Pita Stop shooting upon notification of next of kin. She also said a suspect in that shooting had been detained but did not provide their identity. 

Police identified the victim of the Princeton Avenue shooting as 31-year-old Willie Henderson. No one is in custody for this shooting as of Sunday.

According to other reports, an earlier deadly shooting on Saturday morning at the 700 block of 29th Street South resulted in the deaths of two adult males and another victim sustaining life-threatening injuries. 

According to the BPD, the Saturday evening shooting brought the year’s total number of homicide investigations to 122. The BPD has also had nine justifiable death investigations.

Nine of these homicides have happened in the four weeks since November 19. The year’s total is still less than last year’s record-breaking homicide numbers. 

With 144 homicides, last year was Birmingham’s most violent year since the 1990s. Some of those killed were children, and several resulted from stray bullets fired in drive-by shootings.

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