UPDATE: Man shot and killed while renovating home in Ensley

Police say the shooting could be connected to several robberies targeting Hispanic community
Birmingham police conducting a homicide investigation in Ensley.
Birmingham police conducting a homicide investigation in Ensley.(WBRC)
Published: Jan. 25, 2023 at 9:38 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 26, 2023 at 8:16 AM CST
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Birmingham Police are investigating a homicide that happened January 26.

The victim has been identified as Roman Gonzalez of Bessemer. He was 48.

The shooting happened in the 1400 block of 27th Street North in Ensley just after 7 p.m.

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Investigators say a crew was renovating a home when “a set of suspects” forcibly came into the home. During an argument, Gonzalez was shot.

Police believe he was the victim of a robbery. They also say since October of last year, a group of individuals has preyed upon the Hispanic communities, but they don’t know if that group committed the homicide

“The groups that have been robbing our victims are extremely organized, they don’t have a set area. however, we have identified they typically prey upon our Hispanic brothers and sisters who are just trying to earn money for their families,” said Truman Fitzgerald with the Birmingham Police Department.

No one has been arrested.

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