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Birmingham homicide rate is on the rise

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BIRMINGHAM - AL -

Birmingham police say just after 11pm Sunday night, officers found Ryan Michael Jordan shot in the face, lying on the floor at 3305 Avenue H in Ensley.

Investigators are still trying to determine if the victim was committing a robbery at the time of the shooting. Sgt. Johnny Williams with the Birmingham police department says, "We believe this person was involved in some type of behavior that led to his death."

Jordan was the latest in a string of homicides over this past weekend.

Early Sunday morning, a man was shot and killed in the 200 block of 2nd Avenue Southwest.

And just blocks away on Saturday, a man was shot and killed after an argument with a cab driver on 2nd street S.W. and Cotton Avenue.

And residents in Brookside are still shaken up over Friday's homicide. Timothy Stewart was shot to death in Pratt city on Dugan Ave. He was later found in a car in front of Brookside Townhall.

So far, there have been 60 homicides this year. That's already more than the total from last year. Williams says it's difficult to compare the two years, "We have a number that may be cleared due to justifiable means," says Williams.

But that's still unsettling for people who live in the area. Paulette Wright says, "I felt really sad in my heart because that's all that is going on now, killing young boys, really all over the state."

Now police officers and city leaders have decided to partner up even more to reduce and lower the amount of homicides in Birmingham.

Mayor William Bell says, "Crime is a very widespread situation and we're aware of it. We're making efforts to work corporately with the surrounding jurisdiction to try to combat at as much as possible."

If you have any additional information on any of the cases, you're encouraged to call crime stoppers at 205-254-7777.