The Mobile Police Department has confirmed that the man shot on Spring Grove in West Mobile on Thursday morning has died. Authorities say the shooting occurred during a vehicle burglary. He's been identified as 31-year-old Samuel Wilson III.

Police responded location in reference to a male victim found suffering from a gunshot wound at approximately 5:55 a.m. Wilson was transported to the hospital where he later died. 

Investigators told FOX 10 News yesterday that Wilson was leaving home heading to work when he interrupted someone who was breaking into his car. That cold-blooded killer shot Wilson.

News of Wilson's passing spread very quickly throughout the neighborhood. Neighbors were really disheartened by such disregard for human life.

"It could've been me, it could've just as easily been me. Like I said I've had chills all day," said Eric Purdy.

"It could've been me if it had been early," added William Myers.

Public Safety Director James Barber told FOX10 News, officials believe two to three individuals are involved and they are believed to be part of a gang.

He went on to say that authorities have surveillance video from the area showing the suspects, who were wearing hoodies and possibly driving a small white car. Barber said they are to be considered armed and dangerous. 

To help find the suspect responsible for killing Wilson, police ask neighbors and those living in adjacent neighborhoods to please check their surveillance systems. Report to police anything captured during the time frame of the vehicle burglary that might be helpful in solving this crime by calling 251-208-7211.

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Toi Thornton is a Reporter. His Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism comes from Dillard University in 2014 and his Master's degree in New Media Journalism from Full Sail University in 2016. He previously worked as the Fox anchor in Lafayette, LA.

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