Birmingham police are looking into whether a shooting at Showstoppers Motorcycle Club that left two men dead is connected with the fatal shooting of 47-year-old Bobby Ray Stewart at The Supper Club on Aug. 23, officials said Wednesday.
Police say 47-year-old Wilbert Hawkins and 48-year-old Stevens Hicks were gunned down outside the Coosa Street motorcycle club on Aug. 31, just over one week after Stewart was shot multiple times at the 3386 Buena Vista Road club.
Hawkins, a Showstoppers Club member, and Hicks, a Wheels of Soul Motorcycle Club member, arrived at Showstoppers Motorcycle Club with their respective fiancées for the club's Hang Night, created so members of disparate clubs could visit each other's hang outs, according to an AL.com report. Members of a third motorcycle club arrived not long after and fired more than 40 bullets, hitting both Hawkins and Hicks during the shooting.
Columbus police have still named no suspect in Stewart's Aug. 31 shooting. Officers also discovered a 34-year-old soldier was severely beaten at The Supper Club after arriving separately from Stewart. Police believe the two may know each other.
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Anyone with more information about The Supper Club homicide is encouraged to call Investigative Services at (706) 653-3400.
Det. Jeff Steele said Birmingham police are still in the early stages of the investigation, and do not have many concrete details they can release. Because Birmingham police have found few willing to talk about the double homicide, the connection between the Aug. 31 shooting and Columbus' 18th homicide is uncertain at this time.
"We're hearing a lot of rumors right now, but as I'm sure you know with these motorcycle club cases it can be hard to find witnesses," Steele said. "Any confirmed connection would be speculation at this point, but we're sending people down to Columbus to investigate."
Anyone with more information about the Showstoppers Motorcycle Club shooting should call the Birmingham Police Department at (205) 328-9311.