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Shootout on Birmingham’s busy Finley Blvd. leaves 1 dead, 2 hurt in city’s 133rd homicide of the year

A shootout on a busy Birmingham roadway Friday night left one person shot dead, and two others injured.

Birmingham police identified the slain man as Cornelius Arthour May Jr. He was. 20.

The volley of gunfire – believed to be between two groups of people – erupted about 8 p.m. near the Chevron gas station at 1525 Finley Boulevard.

“Let me explain just how bold this incident was,’’ said Birmingham police Officer Truman Fitzgerald. “An officer told me you had two groups shooting at one another in vehicles.”

“One vehicle was trying to flee the scene, and a person gets out of another vehicle in the parking lot and fires additional shots,’’ at the fleeing vehicle, he said.

North Precinct officers were initially dispatched to the scene on a report of multiple people shot and multiple people shooting at each other. When they arrived, they found a vehicle that had crashed into the tree.

Inside the vehicle, police found a May and a female, both of whom had sustained gunshot wounds.

May was pronounced dead on the scene. The female was taken to an area hospital with injuries not believed to be life threatening.

Officers then found a third victim who was on foot in the area. Though shot as well, his injuries did not appear to be life threatening either, Fitzgerald said.

Fitzgerald said it appeared the shooting began in the 1600 block of Finley Boulevard. Numerous shell casings were marked in the intersection.

He said at least some of the shots were fired from the Chevron parking lot.

“We believe the victims had a part in this,’’ Fitzgerald said. “We’re trying to figure out what that part is.”

Fitzgerald said he’s thankful more people weren’t injured.

“When you think about it, there’s probably not one place in someone’s life that’s more unavoidable than a gas station. You have to get gas if you drive a vehicle,’’ he said.

“When you have individuals shooting at one another in a gas station, not to mention one of the busiest thoroughfares that we have in Birmingham, you risk multiple people getting shot,’’ Fitzgerald said. “Unfortunately, tonight we had 3 people shot and it’s just a tragic night.”

Multiple friends and family members were on the scene, and some could be heard crying loudly once they received confirmation that their loved one was killed.

“Those screams, those cries, that’s the real scene of what happens,’’ Fitzgerald said. “That is something you never get used to.”

No arrests have been made.

May is the city’s 133rd homicide this year. Of those, eight have been ruled justifiable and therefore aren’t deemed criminal.

In all of Jefferson County, there have been 179 homicides, including the 133 in Birmingham.

Anyone with information is asked to call Birmingham homicide detectives at 205-254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.