Wheelchair-bound man killed in Birmingham drive-by shooting, police investigation underway

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A man in a wheelchair was tragically killed in a drive-by shooting in Birmingham’s Woodlawn community, sparking a homicide investigation. The incident took place near the intersection of 59th Street North and 1st Avenue North, not far from Woodlawn High School and the Birmingham Public Library, the Birmingham Police Department confirmed. Upon receiving reports around 3 p.m., officers responded to the scene where Shot Spotter detected multiple rounds fired in the area.

The victim, identified as 62-year-old Michael Coleman, was known to frequent the area. Reports indicate that Coleman was socializing with a group of individuals under a tree near the roadway when a car approached and opened fire. Sheila Coleman, the victim’s sister-in-law, shared that it was common for people to visit him, bringing him meals throughout the day while he sat under the tree.

Tragically, Coleman was found unresponsive in his wheelchair, having sustained a fatal gunshot wound. Despite efforts by Birmingham Fire and Rescue, Coleman was pronounced dead at the scene. Sergeant LaQuitta Wade of the Birmingham Police Department expressed that they do not believe Coleman was the intended target of the shooting, emphasizing the senselessness of the act given his condition with ALS.

Sheila Coleman, deeply affected by the devastating incident, expressed her disbelief and sadness at the situation, reflecting on the cruelty of targeting a vulnerable individual. Currently, no suspects have been apprehended, and there were no other reported injuries from the drive-by shooting. The case remains under investigation, with authorities seeking further information to bring justice to the victim.

This developing story continues to unravel, with updates expected as more details emerge regarding the circumstances surrounding the heartbreaking loss of Michael Coleman. The community mourns the loss of a beloved member, calling for justice and accountability in light of this senseless act of violence.