Dispute over Alabama/Texas A&M game leads to deadly shooting

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BESSEMER, Ala. (KWKT) – A dispute over the weekend’s Alabama/Texas A&M game ended in a fatal shooting Saturday night.

Police responded to the 1000 block of 6th Avenue in north Bessemer Saturday night in reference to a shooting. When officers arrived, a man was found in front of a house with several gunshot wounds to the torso. 

The man was treated on the scene by the Bessemer Fire Department, and was transported to the UAB hospital in Birmingham – where he died early Sunday morning. The shooter fled the scene on foot. 

The suspect has been identified, but that person is not in police custody. The victim has been identified as 27-year-old Kealand Pickens, of Bessemer. 

The two were arguing over which team was better in the Alabama/Texas A&M game, and the homeowner told both of them to leave.

Once both were outside of the residence, shots were fired. Those inside the home went outside to investigate, and found the victim was shot, but still alive at that moment. He later died at the hospital.

Texas A&M narrowly defeated Alabama with a last-play field goal, 41-38.

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