Teen killed, 3 injured in Bessemer drive-by shooting

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BESSEMER, Ala. (WIAT) — Police in Bessemer say an 18-year-old was killed and more teens are injured after a Monday evening shooting.

Bessemer police say an 18-year-old was shot and killed and 3 others are injured following a drive-by shooting outside a home on the corner of 6th Avenue and 15th Street North. Each of the three victims were teens. They were each transported to the hospital.

The 18-year-old that was killed has been identified as Mikel Cooper.

Police learned later after the investigation that a fifth shooting victim was shot while inside of her home.

“An adult female was shot while in her home in the 200 block of Center Street in Bessemer,” Lt. Christian Clemons. “She was transported to the hospital by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.”

Detectives are investigating whether this is related to the earlier shooting on 6th Avenue North.

“Another senseless shooting,” Bessemer Police Chief Mike Roper said. “The wrong people with guns in their hands.”

Police said a drive-by shooting occurred and there was return fire.

“Police have been heavily patrolling that area because of concerns like this. If you see something say something,” Roper said.

He continued, “The police department can’t do it all we need to citizens’ eyes and ears. I know some people are afraid to call, but without that, we can’t be everywhere at every time.  These are children.  Just senseless and I just feel like it could have been avoided.”

At this time, there is no one in custody. Detectives are investigating whether this is related to the earlier shooting on 6th Avenue North, Clemons said.


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