A man is under arrest for capital murder in connection with the Fourth of July fatal shooting of a father of seven during a home invasion in Alabama.
Shikeem Kinniebrew, 21, and two other suspects, who are not in custody, are accused of breaking into the Fultondale home of Alejandro Hernandez Garcia through an unlocked door around 6 the morning of the holiday wearing masks.
Hernandez attempted to fight back, and he was fatally shot in front of loved ones, Fultondale Police Chief D.P. Smith said, noting the family, who live in the One Hundred Oaks mobile home community, did not know Kinniebrew or his alleged accomplices before the incident.
“This is a blue-collar, hardworking family,’' Smith said of the victims. “They are just good people.”
He also noted the suspects may be connected to other Jefferson County crimes that appeared to target Hispanics.
“These guys were out looking for people with large sums of money,’' Smith claimed.
Police booked Kinniebrew into the Jefferson County Jail. In addition to capital murder, he faces six counts each of first-degree robbery and second-degree kidnapping.
The victim’s eldest daughter, Diana Hernandez, 33, wasn’t home when the invasion and killing occurred but said the men allegedly held hostage her family, including a sister-in-law and infant niece, in different rooms in the trailer while demanding money and telling them to “be still,” Al.com reported.
“We just don’t understand. Why us?” she said. “There’s so many other trailers. We can’t believe it.”