Deshawn Kahill Murphy, 45, has been identified as the victim of a fatal shooting that occurred in a burning home in west Birmingham on Monday.
Emergency responders arrived at the scene on Willard Avenue S.W. around 12:15 p.m. in response to a report of a house fire. Upon entering the residence, firefighters discovered Murphy and a dog unresponsive just inside the front door. Both had been shot and were pronounced dead at the scene.
According to police, a friend of the victim was sitting outside the house in a vehicle when an unknown man opened fire on them. The victim’s friend sustained a gunshot wound to the side and was transported to a nearby hospital.
As of now, the motive for the shooting remains unclear, and no arrests have been made. Investigators are urging anyone with information about the incident to come forward.