An Alabama father was killed in entrance of his 8-year-old daughter throughout a gun deal gone improper, police and family stated.
Ricky Howard Hamrick III took his younger daughter on a street journey Sunday from Cleburne County to Bessemer, the place he had organized to promote two weapons on Facebook Marketplace, police told AL.com.
But upon arriving for the transaction, Hamrick, 39, was fatally shot within the head, police stated.
At least three bullets had been fired into his sedan, the place his daughter — who was not wounded — was sitting within the entrance passenger seat, cops stated.
“Unfortunately, he bought weapons to any person that ended his life, any person who we contemplate a coward, any person who’s going to shoot an individual whereas they’re sitting of their automobile,” Lt. Christian Clemons stated. “No provocation led to this capturing. We’re speaking about lowdown, soiled rotten cowards.”
A girl who heard the photographs rushed to assistance from Hamrick’s daughter till cops responded to the grisly crime scene, in keeping with the report.
“It took the whole lot in me to not break down in entrance of her,” stated Kelli Brown. “I simply couldn’t fathom it. It was so surreal.”
Hamrick’s mom, Debbie Stringer, stated his daughter was a bona fide “daddy’s woman” who was wanting ahead to ending their day collectively at Whataburger.
“On the best way residence after we left Birmingham, she stated, ‘If them boys hadn’t performed this we’d each be so completely satisfied. We’d be laughing and [on] our strategy to Whataburger,’” Stringer advised AL.com. “She stated, ‘We deliberate this excellent day and so they simply ruined it.’”
Stringer stated her granddaughter now has to “stay with that” searing reminiscence.
Back on the capturing scene, the woman didn’t wish to go away her father’s aspect — even after he was shot within the head, Brown stated.
“I heard a baby screaming,” she recalled. “She received out of the automobile and got here round and, bless her coronary heart, she didn’t wish to go away her daddy. She was attempting her greatest to remain there with him.”
The woman opened the automobile door and leaned over her lifeless father, Brown stated. Moments later, she ran over to Brown as she referred to as for the woman.
“She was saying, ‘They shot my daddy, I don’t need my daddy to die,’” Brown continued. “I couldn’t do nothing however maintain her.”
Brown stated the woman was lined in blood. The good Samaritan requested cops to not inform the 8-year-old that Hamrick had died till different family arrived, however she already knew.
“She advised us element by element what occurred,” Brown stated. “It was horrible. I couldn’t imagine they really did that in entrance of that child. Even killing him — it’s simply mindless.”
The woman’s mom, in the meantime, was touring from Texas to Alabama to choose her up and return to the Lone Star State early Tuesday, AL.com reported.
Hamrick, who had misplaced of 1 his legs in an earlier accident, had lived subsequent door to his mom in Heflin and she or he thought of him to be her greatest pal, Stringer stated.
“He was only a light big,” she advised AL.com. “He had no malice in his coronary heart in anyway. He liked his household greater than something and his household liked him.”
Hamrick purchased and bought miscellaneous objects on-line to make a buck, in keeping with his shattered mom, who believes her son was arrange by the would-be gun consumers.
The pair of suspects finally stole the weapons and fled the capturing scene exterior a Salvation Army location, WBMA reported.
“It breaks your coronary heart, it saddens you, as a result of this woman can’t un-see what she has seen,” Major Robert Lyle of the Central Alabama Salvation Army advised the station. “We stay in a world that’s simply damaged, and we wish to provide hope and therapeutic and that’s present in Jesus Christ.”
No arrests had reportedly been made as of late Monday. Messages searching for remark from Bessemer police and Facebook weren’t instantly returned early Tuesday.