From Tribune staff reports
ST. CLAIR COUNTY — Two people are dead in St. Clair County and two are dead in Birmingham following an overnight shooting rampage. The suspect is in custody in the St. Clair County Jail in Ashville, according to Sheriff Billy Murray.
According to a statement released Tuesday, the St. Clair County Criminal Investigation Division has in custody Daniel P. Watson, 28, from Camp Winnataska Road in Pell City for the murders of Amber L. Manning, 37, and Timothy R. Davidson, 62, both of Ragland.
On Wednesday, the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office identified Tiffany Michele Hernandez, 40, and Jason Joseph Brown, 40, as the Birmingham shooting victims.
According to social media accounts, Hernandez attended Pinson Valley High School and was married to Brown.
Watson is being booked into the St. Clair County Jail in Ashville for one count of capital murder and one count of murder with a gun.
The suspect is also being detained for two homicides that occurred in the City of Birmingham last night.
Birmingham police are currently investigating a double homicides in the 8400 block of 8th Avenue South.
Birmingham police officer Truman Fitzgerald said police were alerted to the homicides by the Leeds Police Department at about 6 a.m. and believe to shootings took place between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. in the South East Lake area, according to Carol Robinson.
Birmingham police found Brown and Hernandez shot to death, at the 8th Avenue South residence.
According to Fitzgerald, Watson notified a Leeds police officer at about 5 a.m. that he committed the homicides. Leeds Police Sgt. Scott Nelson took Watson into custody without incident.
Murray said St. Clair deputies were alerted to a disturbance on Ivy Drive in Ragland around midnight on Monday. Deputies arrived and found Manning in the driveway of the residence deceased. Davidson was alive inside the residence and flown to UAB Hospital by Lifesaver. He was pronounced dead at the hospital, Murray told Robinson.
This investigation is ongoing at this time and more information may be released in the future, Murray said.