Forestdale man killed while walking his dog identified

Man shot while walking dog

JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office has identified the man shot and killed while walking his dog as Jack Travis Bolden, 34, of Forestdale.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says around 5 p.m. Thursday deputies responded to the 1000 block of Inzer Drive to investigate a shooting complaint.

They found a man suffering critical injuries.

He was taken to UAB Hospital where he died at 6:44 p.m.

The coroner confirmed this is a picture of Bolden.

Jack Travis Bolden
Jack Travis Bolden (Source: WBRC)

Early information from the scene is the victim was out walking his dog when a white Chevrolet Impala pulled up.

The victim spoke to the front passenger who then shot him. The vehicle fled the scene and the area is being searched.

Someone nearby told us about hearing the gunshots that killed the 34-year-old man. The neighbor didn’t want to give their name, and we disguised their voice, and did not show their face for safety reasons.

They told us this is all very scary and they hope deputies will step up patrols there now.

“That’s a good street. Or it was,” the person said. “It happens. It happens everywhere, it happens everywhere. You can’t avoid it no matter where you are. But I just wasn’t expecting it on our street. Very few people know that that street exists.”

Jefferson County Sheriff's investigators say it happened on Inzer Drive.
Jefferson County Sheriff's investigators say it happened on Inzer Drive. (Source: WBRC)

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Investigators said Bolden was shot as he was walking his dog.

“He seemed to be a nice guy,” said the person. “He spoke when we passed. We didn’t pass that much, but he seemed to be a nice guy.”

The person told us they cleaned up Bolden’s blood so kids wouldn’t have to see what’s left of the crime scene.

"Nobody asked me to go do it, but I mean, I have to see it, and there’s other kids on the other side of where it happened and they would have to see it because they go to school, and they play out in the yard," said the person.

There’s no information right now on whether this was a targeted shooting or random.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 205-325-1450 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.

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