Authorities have released the names of two men killed when shots rang out during an argument at a food truck outside a Birmingham nightclub.
The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office on Monday identified the victims as Carlos Antonio Stewart, 43, and Cornelius Quinterryo Kennedy, 26. Both men lived in Birmingham.
North Precinct officers were dispatched just before 2 a.m. Sunday to the 100 block of Third Avenue North on a report of a person shot.
Once at the location, said Officer Truman Fitzgerald, they found one of the victims unresponsive on the sidewalk across from a parked food truck. Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service pronounced him dead on the scene.
Investigators determined there was a verbal altercation at one of several food truck parked outside Empire club. The altercation turned physical, and then shots were fired.
The suspect fled the scene before police arrived.
As the investigation was ongoing, food truck workers got into the van that pulls the truck and realized there was another man dead inside the van. That discovery was made more than an hour after the initial victim was found.
Fitzgerald said the second victim was part of the initial altercation and apparently got shot and then took refuge in the back of the van and died.
There was a large crowd outside the club, and multiple food vendors were at the scene to serve them.
No arrests have been announced.
Stewart and Kennedy were among three killings in Birmingham over the weekend. Roderick Earl Gray Jr., 26, was shot to death about 24 hours earlier during an argument outside another club – Playhouse II in the 200 block of Fourth Street North.
The weekend slayings brought the city’s homicide total this year to 120. Of those, seven have been ruled justifiable and therefore aren’t deemed criminal.
In all of Jefferson County, there have been 161 homicides including the 120 in Birmingham.
Anyone with information is asked to call homicide detectives at 205-254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.