36-year-old man identified as victim of deadly Saturday-night shooting in Birmingham

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Authorities have released the name of a man shot to death in western Birmingham Saturday night.

Birmingham police identified the victim as Christopher Lawson. He was 36.

Birmingham’s West Precinct officers responded about 8:40 p.m. to the 6100 block of Grove Avenue. Once on the scene, they found an adult black male lying in a ditch next to his motorcycle. The motorcycle was still upright with the kickstand in place.

Lawson was pronounced dead on the scene. Birmingham police Sgt. Johnny Williams said Lawson was believed to have attended a party in the area. Investigators do not have a motive for the shooting and were getting little information from the scene Saturday night.

Neighbors reported hearing between five to 10 shots fired, and some said they dropped to the floor of their homes in fear. Dozens of onlookers – including Lawson’s family - gathered at the scene.

Lawson’s death hit the community hard. Many of his friends and family members took to social media within an hour of his death to mourn his loss. He was an auto mechanic and active in the Vikings motorcycle club.

He is the city’s 10th homicide victim of 2019. Of those, one has been ruled justifiable.

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