||| Birmingham Police |||
Law enforcement in Birmingham, Alabama say they've made two arrests in the death of a high school student.
Police say that 17-year-old Jhontaye Cobb and 18-year-old Aubrey King brutally murdered 15-year-old Terrius Hillard, a Jackson-Olin Highschool Student.
From what investigators have determined thus far they believe the murder occurred shortly after 5 PM.
Authorities believe that Terrius and another student were both walking on Ensley Avenue toward the local recreation center when a white Dodge Charger sped past them at the intersection of Ensley Avenue and 15th Street and the two suspects then opened fire.
Lt. Sean Edwards of the Birmingham Police Department said that his officers have found multiple shell casings in the street where the crime occurred.
According to emergency medical responders, Terrius was shot in the chest multiple times after he attempted to flee the gunfire and then collapsed in the 1800 block of Ensley Avenue.
EMT's arrived and he was taken to UAB Hospital, where he was then pronounced dead at 5:44 PM as a result of the wounds sustained during the hail of bullets from the violent savages.
Investigators at the scene of the crime found the initial evidence which indicated Terrius was targeted for the homicide but did not elaborate on specifics.
After witnesses helped to identify the thugs who were believed to be involved in the crime, law enforcement then searched for and detained three potential suspects.
Police said they located and attempted to stop a white Dodge Charger matching the suspect vehicle's description, but the driver and passengers then led officers on a high-speed chase. The
After a few miles, the car crashed and the three inside the vehicle took off running on foot, but with the help of K9 officers they were all located.
When the murder first occurred the high school was on lockdown as a precaution the following day, while police weren't sure if the gang the suspects were involved in May try and retaliate for their arrest.
The Birmingham City School District issued this statement on Terrius' death:
"Birmingham City Schools is mourning the loss of a young Jackson-Olin High School student. As a school family, tragedies like this affect us all. As our school community processes this loss, we will provide counseling and support to any student and staff in need. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family."
Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper said, "This incident, like so many others, is senseless. This teenager lost his life and we're detaining three teenagers who were armed with guns and driving a stolen car.''
Both of the suspects have long criminal histories, with one, Cobb, of them being shot themselves in the past.
Birmingham has a prevalent drug and gang activity problem, with many of the youth turning to the blood or crips gang which finance their operations from selling illegal narcotics.
Both suspects are now being held in the Jefferson County Jail on $250,000 cash bond.
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