Police say 19th homicide in Columbus may be linked to Birmingham shooting

Police say 19th homicide in Columbus may be linked to Birmingham shooting

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus police said detectives are trying to connect the last murder case in Columbus to a double homicide in Birmingham, Ala.

Birmingham officials say they are trying to find witnesses who can help provide more information on the shooting that happened around 10 p.m. in Birmingham at Showstoppers Motorcycle Club, according to our sister station WBRC in central Alabama.

Authorities say 47-year-old Wilbert Hawkins and 48-year-old Steven Bryon Hicks were shot to death Sunday night at the Showstoppers Motorcycle Club.

Officials believe there were arguments among members of different motorcycle clubs that night.

Birmingham police said two other people sustained injuries from the Sunday night shooting, but their injuries are non life-threatening. Authorities say about 40 shots were fired that night.

Bobby Ray Stewart, 47, was shot to death in Aug. 23 inside the Supper Club, formerly known as Club Andre's on Buena Vista Road. Columbus police said Stewart was shot multiple times. Stewart was a Columbus rapper who worked frequently with a local music group called COLuminati, and he was a biker for the Outcast Motorcycle Club in Columbus.

No arrests have been made in either cases yet. Columbus police say they are conducting interviews to track down suspects in connection to Stewart's murder.

"Our investigators are hoping that people who were out there will cooperate with us," said Lt. Sean Edwards with Birmingham police. "The victims, the two people that lost their lives had a part of the story. We can't get their part of the story, so hopefully someone can fill the gaps that was present there."

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Birmingham police at 205-254-7777 and Columbus police at 706-653-3400.

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