1 killed during apartment robbery attempt in Alabama

Video above: A look at the shooting sceneDetectives with Birmingham Police Department received a ruling in connection to the homicide investigation of Rufus Brock.Following the assessment, the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office ruled his death justifiable.The Jefferson County coroner clarified Monday morning that while Birmingham police originally reported two deaths in an attempted robbery, there was only one confirmed death.Police confirmed that the second person reported to have died at the hospital is on life support. That incident took place on Friday morning at the Oak Leaf Apartments on 44th Street and 5th Avenue South. That’s less than three blocks away from Avondale Park.>> THE LATEST: Headlines and weather from WVTM 13Police said that two masked men were trying to rob a third person when a shootout happened.Police originally stated that one of the masked men died on the scene while the other died at the hospital. It is unclear which of these victims is the one that the coroner identified.The person identified is 34-year-old Rufus Jermaine Brock.Police also stated that a third person was injured, but expected to make a full recovery.“This is the third homicide victim in less than seven days that’s had one of those ski masks on,” Officer Truman Fitzgerald with the Birmingham Police Department said on Friday. “Those Pooh Shiesty masks. We can’t stress to you enough how important people, places, and behaviors factor into the violence that’s going on in our city. These are two men that are in 90-degree weather wearing ski masks in the summer. You tell us what you believe they were up to.” The Forest Park area has a lot of residential homes and apartment complexes. Police said shootings in broad daylight are becoming the narrative during the spring and summer months this year.“It just goes to show you the level of carelessness that the criminal element has,” Fitzgerald said. “Anyone who knows the Avondale area will tell you Avondale Park is just walking distance from where we’re at right now, and individuals had a shootout in broad daylight. That’s what our officers are up against. That’s what our community members are up against. That’s why it’s important for us to remember that we’re all a team in this.”Police don’t believe the two robbers live in the area, and one neighbor said that’s frustrating. She said she’s never seen anything like this happen in the 40 years she’s lived just around the corner.“It’s devastating that it’s this close,” neighbor Shirley Maihoff said. “But this is a wonderful neighborhood. People went by here because they want the peace and quiet. They don’t want that trashy stuff going on with people that don’t live anywhere near us.”Maihoff said another nearby apartment complex had some issues in the past, but no one ever lost their life because of them.“On the Fifth Avenue Apartments, I haven’t really seen it,” she said. “But I know the police cars have been there sometimes, and this is the incident is about a block down. That’s because the apartments had problems, and so they just moved it down a block I guess.”Police believe the people likely knew each other and said this was a targeted attack.This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available. Stay updated on the latest stories with the WVTM 13 app. You can download it here.

Video above: A look at the shooting scene

Detectives with Birmingham Police Department received a ruling in connection to the homicide investigation of Rufus Brock.

Following the assessment, the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office ruled his death justifiable.

The Jefferson County coroner clarified Monday morning that while Birmingham police originally reported two deaths in an attempted robbery, there was only one confirmed death.

Police confirmed that the second person reported to have died at the hospital is on life support.

That incident took place on Friday morning at the Oak Leaf Apartments on 44th Street and 5th Avenue South. That’s less than three blocks away from Avondale Park.

>> THE LATEST: Headlines and weather from WVTM 13

Police said that two masked men were trying to rob a third person when a shootout happened.

Police originally stated that one of the masked men died on the scene while the other died at the hospital. It is unclear which of these victims is the one that the coroner identified.

The person identified is 34-year-old Rufus Jermaine Brock.

Police also stated that a third person was injured, but expected to make a full recovery.

“This is the third homicide victim in less than seven days that’s had one of those ski masks on,” Officer Truman Fitzgerald with the Birmingham Police Department said on Friday. “Those Pooh Shiesty masks. We can’t stress to you enough how important people, places, and behaviors factor into the violence that’s going on in our city. These are two men that are in 90-degree weather wearing ski masks in the summer. You tell us what you believe they were up to.”

The Forest Park area has a lot of residential homes and apartment complexes. Police said shootings in broad daylight are becoming the narrative during the spring and summer months this year.

“It just goes to show you the level of carelessness that the criminal element has,” Fitzgerald said. “Anyone who knows the Avondale area will tell you Avondale Park is just walking distance from where we’re at right now, and individuals had a shootout in broad daylight. That’s what our officers are up against. That’s what our community members are up against. That’s why it’s important for us to remember that we’re all a team in this.”

Police don’t believe the two robbers live in the area, and one neighbor said that’s frustrating. She said she’s never seen anything like this happen in the 40 years she’s lived just around the corner.

“It’s devastating that it’s this close,” neighbor Shirley Maihoff said. “But this is a wonderful neighborhood. People went by here because they want the peace and quiet. They don’t want that trashy stuff going on with people that don’t live anywhere near us.”

Maihoff said another nearby apartment complex had some issues in the past, but no one ever lost their life because of them.

“On the Fifth Avenue Apartments, I haven’t really seen it,” she said. “But I know the police cars have been there sometimes, and this is the incident is about a block down. That’s because the apartments had problems, and so they just moved it down a block I guess.”

Police believe the people likely knew each other and said this was a targeted attack.

This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available. Stay updated on the latest stories with the WVTM 13 app. You can download it here.

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