15-year-old charged in 3 Birmingham homicides

Published: Nov. 18, 2015 at 9:00 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 25, 2015 at 9:00 PM CST
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Kenneth Davidson and Shundria Peoples were found shot to death in a car in Woodland Park in the...
Kenneth Davidson and Shundria Peoples were found shot to death in a car in Woodland Park in the 1300 block of McMillon Avenue SW on Oct. 23. Source: Melanie Posey/WBRC
Shundria Peoples was one of the two people found shot to death in a car in Woodland Park....
Shundria Peoples was one of the two people found shot to death in a car in Woodland Park. Source: Facebook

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Birmingham police have charged a 15-year-old in connection to three homicides, and possibly a fourth.

Police have not released the name of the teen or his exact charges, but say he is in custody of family court. They described him as a black male from Birmingham.

Investigators believe the teen is responsible for fatally shooting three adults in two separate shootings in October and November. Police said they believe he killed three people without any regard for human life.

"This 15-year-old actually took these adults' lives as if he was swatting a mosquito or something out of the air. He has definitely distinguished himself as a killer," BPD Lt. Sean Edwards said during a news conference about the case.

The teen is charged in connection to the deaths of Kenneth Davidson, 34, and Shundria Peoples, 26, who were found shot to death in a car in a Birmingham park on Friday, Oct. 23.

Their bodies were found in a car that was still running when police got to the scene at Woodland Park in the 1300 block of McMillon Avenue Southwest around 3:30 a.m.

Police said the couple was socializing in the car, sitting in the front seat, when someone shot them multiple times. They each had gunshot wounds to the chest. Officers said nothing was taken from the couple or the car. They were both from Birmingham and were not married.

Lt. Edwards said they believed the couple may have been ambushed.

"It is a sad day when a 15-year-old commits this level of violence at such a young age," Edwards said in an emailed update on the homicide investigations.

The 15-year-old male is also charged in connection to the death of Tramone Mitchell, a 22-year-old from Hoover. Mitchell was killed on Saturday, Nov. 14 in the 1300 block of Cotton Avenue SW.

Police responded to a report of shots being fired at an apartment complex around 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14.

Mitchell was sitting in the driver's seat of a green 2006 BMW and was pronounced dead on the scene. He had been shot in the face and shoulder area.

Police said a second victim was suffering from a single gunshot wound to the groin area, but survived.

Officers saw two black males fleeing the area on foot. Police said they believed the Cotton Ave. shooting may have centered on drugs.

Edwards said their preliminary investigation revealed that Mitchell was trying to conduct drug transactions with several men at the time of the shooting. Witnesses said two unknown black males called Mitchell earlier about buying marijuana.

"The witness stated he coordinated the meeting between the men. Once the victim arrived on the scene, the witness stated the two black males shot him and the victim and left the scene. The witness suffered a gunshot wound to the groin area and was transported to UAB hospital," he continued.

Birmingham detectives were able to find key witnesses who identified the 15-year-old in both shootings, according to Edwards.

Police did not give any details about the fourth homicide they believe the teen may be involved in.

"Our investigators are working actual leads that really might connect this 15-year-old to an additional case that involves another adult," Edwards said in a news conference.

Lt. Edwards said because this is a juvenile case, the facts and circumstances will be kept confidential by law. When asked if there is a possibility the teenager could ultimately face charges as an adult, Edwards said that decision will be made by the judge overseeing the case.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call BPD at 205-254-1764.

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