Bessemer man killed, suspect hospitalized after Morton Simpson community shooting


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A Bessemer man was shot and killed after an argument at the Morton Simpson housing community in Birmingham Wednesday night.

Just after 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, the Birmingham Police Department responded to a shooting on the 900 block of 44th Place North in the Morton Simpson housing community. Upon arrival, authorities discovered two men shot.

Ahmad Rash Cockrell, 21, of Bessemer, was found dead by BPD at the scene. Another man, later named a suspect, was transported to UAB with non-life threatening injuries.

According to investigations, the suspect were arguing after Cockrell was told to leave his apartment. The 21-year-old became upset, began shooting inside the apartment, and shot the suspect in the leg. The suspect was able to find a rifle and shot Cockrell while he was outside of the apartment.

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