16-year-old Woodlawn HS student identified as victim in B’ham shooting

16-year-old Woodlawn HS student identified as victim in B’ham shooting
17-year-old victim William Edwards (Source: Facebook)

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Birmingham police are investigating the homicide of a 16-year-old that occurred early Saturday morning.

The incident took place at the 300 block of 80th St N. Officers responded to the scene after the shot spotter indicated shots were fired at the location.

The victim has been identified as William Edwards, an 11th grade student at Woodlawn High School.

Authorities have confirmed the victim was found unresponsive at the scene. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to Birmingham Police Sergeant Bryan Shelton, the victim was in his home at the time of the shooting. Someone fired multiple shots from outside the house into the victim’s bedroom.

Police do not believe the shooting was random, but they currently do not have any suspects.

“We will do everything we can to solve this and all other crimes in the city. It is always heartbreaking when senseless violence take away young precious lives. It impacts our communities, schools and students. Our hearts are with his family and friends. We will work endlessly to bring his violent killer to justice," Birmingham Police Chief Patrick D. Smith said

The Birmingham City School System has issued the following statement:

Birmingham City Schools’ officials have been made aware that police are conducting a homicide investigation into the death of William Edwards. William Edwards was an 11th grade student at Woodlawn High School, and a member of the football team. Beginning Tuesday, and throughout the week, grief counselors will be available at the school to provide grief counseling and support for any students or staff in need.

Police are asking that anyone who has additional information pertaining to this case, to please contact the B.P.D. Homicide Unit at 254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at 254-7777.

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