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Kelli Brown was at her home in Alabama when she heard gunshots. Once she rushed outside, she saw something she could only describe as “awful,” she told AL.com.
An 8-year-old girl was leaning over her father in a car down the road, covered in blood, she told the outlet.
“She was like, ‘They shot my dad, I don’t want my dad to die,'” Brown recalled to AL.com. “I couldn’t do anything but hold her.”
The shooting happened just before 4:30 p.m. on July 24 in Bessemer, according to the Trussville Tribune, and police are investigating a homicide.
The girl and her father, Ricky Howard Hamrick II, 39, were meeting two people for a gun sale they had arranged online when Hamrick was shot in the head and had his guns stolen by the “buyers,” police told the WBMA.
“You could see he had been shot in the left temple,” Brown told AL.com. “I heard a child scream. She got out of the car and walked over and, bless her heart, she didn’t want to leave her father…she was doing her best to stay there with him.
Hamrick was born in Georgia and lived in Heflin, Alabama, according to his obituary. He worked in construction. His funeral will be in Bremen, Georgia.
Police have not publicly announced any suspects or arrests in the case as of July 27.
McClatchy News contacted the Bessemer Police Department for comment on July 27 and was awaiting a response.
Anyone with information is asked to call investigators at 205-425-2411, the WBMA reported.
“We would like to talk to you,” Lt. Christian Clemons of the Bessemer Police Department told the WBMA. ” Appointment. I’m sure you have a story too, but if you don’t, several hundred officers will come looking for you.
Bessemer is about 15 miles southwest of Birmingham.
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