Over the weekend, authorities responded to three homicides within three miles of one another — bringing the total number of murders in Mobile to 13 since the beginning of the year.
On Friday, July 10, officers responded to Jefferson Place Apartments on Texas Street around 8 p.m. after receiving reports that someone had been shot.
There officers located a 17-year-old male who had been shot once to the abdomen.
The victim, whose name has yet to be released, was transported to a local hospital, but died as a result of his injuries.
On Saturday, July 11, the MPD responded to Calmes Street near St. Rickarby Park at 10 p.m. for a similar a report of a person being shot.
Upon their arrival, officers located a 21-year-old male inside of a vehicle suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the head. Mobile Fire and Rescue responded and pronounced the victim dead on the scene.
On Sunday, July 12, officers responded to Mobile Infirmary at approximately 9 a.m. after a 33-year-old man reported being shot multiple times on Andrews Street near Washington Middle School.Officers said the victim, who later died from his injuries, was shot twice in the back by Frederick Matthews, 28, who returned to the scene and surrendered to homicide detectives during an initial investigation.
Matthews was interviewed, arrested and has been charged with murder. Based on available jail records, Matthews has a several previous criminal charges on his records.
At the time of the homicide on Sunday, he was on probation for previous drug-related offenses and robbery charges.
As of Monday morning, Matthews was still in the custody of the Mobile County Metro jail.