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Another Gadsden man shot and killed in his car

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Gadsden police said there is a strong possibility that deadly shootings Saturday and Wednesday are connected.  Investigators said 45-year-old Willie Brown died early Wednesday morning after he was shot multiple times in his car in the driveway of his Kentucky Avenue home.

The shooting happened shortly after midnight Wednesday.   Police said Brown went outside and got in his car when someone shot him with a high-powered automatic rifle, possibly an AK-47.   Brown drove backwards and hit a tree stump, and his car stopped as he was unable to get away.  Investigators said it appears the shooter was waiting outside for Brown to leave.

The other shooting happened shortly after midnight Saturday on the Meighan Bridge along Highway 431.  Police said the person who shot 35-year-old Jobari Player and 53-year-old Billy Baker as they drove across the bridge also used an automatic rifle like an AK-47.  A witness said he heard nine gunshots.

Willie Brown's neighbor, who asked not to be identified, said he woke up when he heard eight or nine shots around 1 a.m. Wednesday.

"I didn't think anything about it because you hear gunfire back over in yonder all the time, but this was close, like it was in my bedroom.  I didn't get up," he said.

"I got up about 1:30 and I walked out [of my bedroom] and looked out the door and the police were already here and people were gathering in the streets."

 Police said these are targeted shootings and investigators are working to determine any connections between the victims.  The neighbor said he has no idea why someone would want to kill Willie Brown.

"He was a real good neighbor.  He was real quiet, didn't bother nobody." the neighbor said.

"I didn't even know he was out there about half the time, unless I'd ride by and see him.  He'd throw up his hands and wave and I'd go on.  He was a pretty nice neighbor."

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