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BWWB employee shot, killed on the job; police believe it was targeted

Updated: Apr. 9, 2021 at 11:04 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Birmingham Police are investigating the death of a Birmingham Water Works employee who was shot multiple times while driving a company car in a Walmart parking lot on Friday afternoon.

BPD was called to the scene about a car accident around 12:56 p.m. They arrived at 1600 Montclair Road to find the BWWB vehicle lodged into the shrubbery of a median in the parking lot.

Officers discovered two people inside the vehicle. The driver, identified as 29-year-old Tyrone King, had been shot multiple times and was unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The passenger was unharmed. Both were BWWB employees.

29-year-old Tyrone King
29-year-old Tyrone King(Family)

According to BPD, their investigation indicates King had been driving the company vehicle in the parking lot of the Walmart on Montclair Rd., when someone in a sedan pulled up and began shooting multiple rounds inside the car. King reportedly lost control of the car and as the passenger attempted to grab the wheel and steer, it colliding into a a parked car before coming to a stop in the shrubbery.

Rick Jackson, the spokesperson for BWWB, said this was a very sad day for BWWB and the community “This was one of our employees trying to do his job,” he said

“One of our Distribution Maintenance Workers in our Valve Department was fatally shot and killed in the Eastwood neighborhood of Birmingham,” says BWW General Manager Michael Johnson. “We are grieving as an organization over this senseless tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.”

Investigators say they believe the victim was targeted, but no clear motive has been established. No arrests have been made. BPD is asking anyone with any information about the incident to contact the B.P.D. Homicide Unit at 205-254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.

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