A man was reportedly shot and killed in Birmingham over the weekend after an argument surrounding the Alabama – Texas A&M game.
According to reports, two men began arguing over which team was better during the SEC clash which went down to the wire.
Ultimately, both men were asked to leave the gathering that was taking place by the homeowner when shots rang out outside. Police arrived to find the victim, 17-year-old Kealand Amad Pickens, with multiple gunshot wounds to the torso.
Two men started fighting over which team was better at a gathering in the Birmingham suburb of Bessemer when the game was in its final minutes Saturday night, Lt. Christian Clemons told news outlets. The homeowner asked the men to leave and shots were fired outside.
Officers found Kealand Amad Pickens, who had been shot several times in the torso, Clemons said. The 27-year-old was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead around 3:20 a.m. Sunday.
The shooter fled the scene before officers arrived. Clemons said they know his identity, AL.com has reported, but the suspect is still at large.
The unranked Aggies stunned top-ranked Alabama, 41-38. In the latest AP Top 25 rankings, the Crimson Tide dropped to No. 5.
While the loss shook up the College Football Playoff picture, Alabama could still reach the playoffs if they run the table and win the SEC Championship — which would likely include a win over No. 1 Georgia.
As for the tragedy, remember it is a game, folks. Our deepest condolences go out to Pickens’ family and friends.