Fight over marijuana may have sparked deadly Elm St. shooting

Fight over marijuana may have sparked deadly Elm St. shooting
Source: Judson Garner/WBRC
Source: Judson Garner/WBRC

JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - Jefferson County authorities believe an argument over marijuana may have sparked a deadly shooting that killed one man and seriously injured three others.

The shooting occurred before 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 in the 200 block of Elm Street Southwest near Bessemer.

Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies said several people were drinking and smoking marijuana outside in a vacant lot when an argument erupted between two men.

Detectives said one of the men would not return marijuana to the owner. A 28-year-old man and a 37-year-old man then pulled guns on each other and started firing.

The 37-year-old man, identified as William Lewis of Birmingham, was critically injured and died at a hospital.

The 28-year-old man was hit and fled the scene before deputies arrived, according to Chief Deputy Randy Christian. He was later treated at a hospital and released, then identified and questioned by detectives.

Two other men, ages 37 and 45, were also struck by bullets and hospitalized. They are expected to survived their injuries, Christian said.

The investigation is still ongoing. When it's complete, detectives will present their results to the District Attorney's Office to determine what charges will be filed.

At this time, no one has been charged in the case.

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