Birmingham police investigating double homicide after landlord discovers bodies

Double homicide investigation in Ensley

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Birmingham police responded to a double homicide investigation early Wednesday morning.

Police say a call was received around 11:41 p.m. and responding officers found two people dead in a bedroom of a home in the 1400 block of 29th Street Ensley. The victims, a man and a woman, were shot.

Authorities have identified the victims as 40-year-old Joseph Scott Norris and 39-year-old Jacqueline Sims Newsome.

The preliminary investigation indicated the landlord of the home was notified a door of the home was open and when the landlord checked on the home found the victims, according to police. Police say the victims were last heard from earlier Tuesday.

A neighbor said she was “shocked” to hear what had happened. She added she did not see or hear anything suspicious Tuesday.

The victims have not been identified. It is unknown if they’re related. No arrests have been made and a motive is not known.

If you have any information on this case, please contact the BPD Homicide Unit at 205-254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777 to remain anonymous.

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