Monday, August 29, 2005
News staff writer
Birmingham's 2005 homicide count surpassed last year's final count of 64 over the weekend when Southside police found a 33-year-old Tarrant woman dead from gunshot wounds.
Police say Lakeisha Henderson was discovered at 9:40 p.m. Saturday at 1021 Cahaba St. with a gunshot wound to the upper torso. Police said they were called to the location to investigate the report of an assault when the victim was found.
Paramedics pronounced the woman dead at the scene. No arrests had been made and charges had not been filed late Sunday, police said.
In another shooting, police said Derrick Jackson, 17, of Birmingham was found Saturday at 6:33 p.m. at McAlpine Recreation Center.
Police said the teen was found lying in the grass near a parking lot at 1115 Avenue F with a gunshot wound to the upper torso.
Paramedics took Jackson to University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Police said the victim and a male suspect were involved in a confrontation that led to the shooting. An 18-year-old suspect has been taken into custody but not charged, police said.
By 10 p.m. Saturday, there had been 65 slayings in Birmingham, compared to 41 for the same time period last year. The increase has been fueled by a particularly bloody August, with 13 killings in the first 19 days.
The two homicides, the 16th and 17th in the city this month, came less than a week after City Councilman Bert Miller challenged the city to go eight days without violence.
There have been three homicides since Miller issued his challenge.
Birmingham Police Chief Annetta Nunn asked the public last week to help combat homicides in the city.
"We need community support," she said during a press conference at Birmingham Police Headquarters.
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