UPDATE: One man in custody after one person was killed, four others shot following exhibition driving in Birmingham

1 dead, 4 hurt after shooting at apparent exhibition driving
Published: Aug. 7, 2022 at 11:50 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 8, 2022 at 5:13 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - The Birmingham Police Department is investigating a homicide in the 800 block of 2nd Avenue North. Just after 3:00 a.m. on Sunday Aug. 7, Birmingham Police were called to the location on report of a person shot.

UPDATE: The Birmingham Police Department confirmed detectives obtained a warrant for an arrest in connection to the murder of Ja’Kia Winston. She was killed following an exhibition driving incident on Sunday, August 7, 2022, while in the 800 Block of 2nd Avenue North.

The suspect is Ronald Demetrius White, (23), of Bessemer, Alabama.

Officers said Ronald White was taken into custody a short time after the shooting. A North Precinct officer observed him outside of a vehicle believed to have been involved in the incident leading up to the shooting.

Birmingham Police Detectives presented information on the case to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office. After an assessment of the information, detectives obtained a warrant for Murder.

Ronald Demetrius White is in the custody of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office held on a $1,500,000 Bond.

Ronald Demetrius White
Ronald Demetrius White(Birmingham Police Department)

Officers said when they arrived on scene Sunday morning, they saw an adult female lying in a parking lot with apparent gun shot wounds. Birmingham Fire and Rescue personnel said 19-year-old Ja’Kia Winston died on the scene.

BPD says a preliminary investigation has revealed multiple people were in the parking lot at the time, participating in exhibition driving. Officers say a collision led to an argument, and then gunfire. At this time, officers say a total of five people were shot. Two males and two females were taken to a hospital for treatment, according to BPD. Police say two of the victims have life-threatening injuries.

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin issued this statement regarding this deadly shooting:

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Birmingham Police directly at (205) 254-1764, or call Crime Stoppers at (205) 254-7777.

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