BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Birmingham police have arrested and charged a suspect in relation with two shootings that took place Sunday morning.
Authorities confirmed the West Precinct received a report of a person being shot around 6:59 a.m. Officers responded to the 1000 block of Tuscaloosa Ave. and found an unresponsive victim in a vehicle.
The Jefferson County Coroner pronounced the victim dead at the scene.
Birmingham police have identified the victim as 45-year-old Octavia Dortch.
The second shooting took place on the 2100 block of Montevallo Road around 8:36 a.m. Officers were called to the scene and found an unresponsive victim.
Birmingham police have identified that victim as 28-year-old Gregory Snodgress.
“This is a local store I always stop at and just like today, with this incident happening, it lets me know that I need to be aware of my surroundings,” says Raphael Green, a frequent shopper at the gas station.
Christopher Marshall was at the gas station just moments before the shooting.
“By the time I got me something to eat and came back, police are everywhere, and the yellow tape was up. Birmingham patrol, The sheriff patrol. You have surveillance up but even that can’t stop someone’s rage in their mind,” says Marshall.
A suspect has been arrested and charged with Capital Murder for both of the shootings. He has been identified as 25-year-old Michael Demond Daniels of Birmingham.
He has also been charged with Kidnapping, Burglary, Sex Abuse, Attempted Murder, Robbery, and Shooting into an Occupied Vehicle. He is currently in custody at the Jefferson County Jail.
"It’s a tragedy. Any loss of life in this community, when we really need to be striving to come together and unify, is a tragedy. We need to come together,” says shopper Jamal Trotter.