Man killed in Firehouse shelter stabbing identified, suspect in hospital


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE (5/18): The Birmingham Police Department has released new information on the deadly stabbing at the Firehouse shelter over the weekend.

According to BPD, officers were called to the shelter around 3 a.m. Saturday and found a man suffering from several stab wounds in the lobby. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Jefferson County Coroner has identified the victim as 20-year-old Quavion Blair.

After a preliminary investigation, BPD says the victim was stabbed multiple times by another shelter resident. The suspect was taken into custody at the Max Bus Station. He was then taken to the hospital for medical treatment for undisclosed injuries.

The suspect has been identified as 31-year-old Eugene Pettaway. He was charged with murder and will be placed in the Jefferson County Jail on a $250,000 bond following his release from the hospital.

ORIGINAL (5/16): Birmingham Police are conducting a homicide investigation.

Police say around 3 a.m. Saturday morning, officers responded to a call of a person stabbed at the Fire house shelter on 2nd Avenue North.

When officers arrived they found the victim unresponsive, in the lobby with multiple stab wounds.

Paramedics pronounced the person dead at the scene. Police believe the person was stabbed by another person at the shelter.

Officers tell us the suspect was arrested at the Greyhound bus station.

Paramedics transported the suspect to the hospital, and will be taken to the B.P.D headquarters for questioning.


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