BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The Birmingham Police Department is investigating a homicide that occurred early Sunday morning and left a men dead.
While officers were investigating the scene, they learned that a private vehicle transported a man to Princeton Hospital with a gunshot wound. Princeton Hospital staff pronounced the man dead.
According to BPD, officers were driving around the Legion Field area when they heard shots being fired at around 2:40 a.m. Officers then arrived to the 200 block of 8th Avenue West, where they found two men suffering from gunshot wounds. Birmingham Fire and Rescue arrived and transported both victims to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. One of those men is in police custody at a hospital and has been named as a suspect in the investigation.
Preliminary investigation suggests that a party was being held at a private event center when a fight broke out, which led into the street. The fight ensued in the street, which resulted in shots being fired and three men being struck by gunfire.
The deceased victim was later identified as 21-year-old Martinez Laudell Smith.
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