PRICHARD, Ala. (WALA) – We are following breaking news overnight as police in Prichard have made an arrest in a homicide investigation.
The arrest comes less than 24 hours after the shooting, which may be linked to a murder investigation in Mobile.
Prichard police arrested 35-year-old Sidney Zireef Burke.
According to Mobile County Metro Jail records, Burke is charged with murder. He was booked into the jail at 2:50 a.m., jail records show.
In Mobile, police investigators say 62-year-old Martha McGinsey was shot inside her home on Roderick Road around 2 p.m. Tuesday.
The victim in the Prichard homicide was identified as 25-year-old Keontae McCants of Mobile.
Shortly after the shooting on Roderick Road, Mobile police were called to a home on Spruce Street belonging to a relative of McGinsey's.
The home had been shot at and was riddled with bullet holes.
No one was hurt there, but Mobile police believe the two crimes are connected.
McGinsey’s family members believe the crimes were in retaliation for McCants' slaying in Prichard.
Police have not said whether the arrest of Burke for the Prichard murder is connected to the murder and shooting in Mobile.