Family finds 48-year-old man shot to death inside west Birmingham home

Jene J. Long

A man was found shot to death Sunday morning inside his home on Birmingham’s west side.

Birmingham police identified the victim as Daniel Cook. He was 48.

Family members of the victim made the discovery just before 11 a.m. at the residence in the 900 block of 10th Street S.W., near the West End area.

Officer Truman Fitzgerald said victim’s relatives had not heard from him and went to check on him. The family made forced entry into the home and found their loved one unresponsive from at least one gunshot wound.

Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service pronounced him dead on the scene.

Fitzgerald said no one in the area reported hearing gunfire this morning.

Several concerned neighbors were at the scene. “You can tell this is a very tight-knit community,’’ Fitzgerald said.

A person of interest was located in the 1800 block of Third Street S.W. and will undergo questioning by detectives.

The man is Birmingham’s 37th homicide this year. Of those, three have been ruled justifiable and therefore aren’t deemed criminal.

In all of Jefferson County, there have been 46 homicides, including the 37 in Birmingham.

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

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