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Media Release 1- Homicide Investigation 300 24th Street South

Homicide Investigation

The Birmingham Police Department is conducting a homicide investigation. The incident occurred on Saturday, January 1, 2022.

The victim has been identified as:

Fernando Jose Cruz-Soto, 20, H/M, of McCalla, Alabama. 

Shortly before 2 AM, South Precinct officers were dispatched to a fight call in the 300 block of 24th Street South. The call was then updated to shots fired. A Birmingham Police officer, who was working in an off-duty capacity near the area, observed a male lying in a parking lot suffering from an apparent gunshot.

Birmingham Fire and Rescue personnel arrived on the scene and transported the victim to UAB Hospital where the male succumbed to his injuries.

The preliminary investigation suggests the shooting may have stemmed from a fight between several individuals.

Currently, there is no one in custody.

 If there is anyone who has information pertaining to the case, please contact the B.P.D. Homicide Unit @ 205-254-1764 or Crime Stoppers @ 205-254-7777.

 Anonymous tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers through the Birmingham Police Department’s Mobile App on Android or IOS devices. Updates will be provided as information comes available.

 This is Birmingham’s 1st murder investigation of 2022.

 The Birmingham Police Department adheres to FBI Uniform Crime Reporting guidelines set for all law enforcement agencies across the United States. FBI Uniform Crime Reporting guidelines do not require law enforcement agencies to include justifiable death investigations into the total homicide investigations counts.

 **The information is based on a preliminary and ongoing investigation, which continues to evolve as investigators interview witnesses, review physical and electronic records, and analyze forensic evidence. The Department’s understanding of the facts and circumstances may change as additional evidence is collected and analyzed**

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Media Release 1- Homicide Investigation