Update: Kendrick O’Neal, 26, has been apprehended by the Bessemer Police Department in connection with the shooting on Sunday that resulted in the tragic death of a 5-year-old boy while he was receiving a haircut inside a residence.
Tragically, a 5-year-old boy lost his life in a fatal shooting outside a Bessemer residence on Sunday morning.
The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office has identified the young individual as Brandon Jamal Nation III, a resident of Fairfield.
As of Monday morning, the police have stated that two individuals are currently under questioning, with no charges filed against anyone at this time.
The incident, which occurred at 10:15 a.m. in the 500 block of Seventh Avenue North, also resulted in an adult male sustaining injuries.
The mother had brought her child to the home for a haircut, and both victims were outdoors when an assailant fired multiple shots at the house, causing harm to the child and the barber.
Bessemer police Detective Justin Burmeister provided details of the unfortunate incident.
Detective Burmeister stated, “We are aware that someone who was not present at the residence discharged shots towards the house.”
The 5-year-old victim was transported to Children’s of Alabama, where he was pronounced dead shortly afterward.
The adult male, also injured in the incident, is currently in critical condition at the hospital. Burmeister mentioned that investigators are actively pursuing multiple leads in the case.
Expressing the gravity of the situation, he said, “It’s terrible. Our thoughts are with the family during this incredibly challenging time.”
“We are exerting every effort to compile all accessible information and evidence in order to discern the series of events that culminated in this tragic outcome,” he remarked.
The child marks Bessemer’s initial homicide case of 2024 and the third within Jefferson County since Friday. Two homicides occurred on Saturday, one in Birmingham and one in Midfield.
Individuals with relevant information are urged to contact Bessemer police at 205-481-4366, 425-2411, or the tip line at 205-428-3541.”