One man is dead after an argument over the Alabama vs. Texas A&M game led to gunfire in Bessemer late Saturday night.

According to a report from, the argument began in the game's final minutes between two men at a gathering in the 1000 block of Sixth Avenue North.

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Lt. Christian Clemons of the Bessemer Police Department said the victim, Kealand Amad Pickens, 27, started arguing with another guest at the gathering about which team was better. The homeowner then asked the two to leave.

Once outside, gunfire erupted and Pickens was struck. The shooting happened before the game ended.

"It's another case of resorting to violence to handle differences," Clemons said.

Pickens was taken to UAB Hospital and was pronounced dead at 3:23 a.m. The suspect fled the scene before officers could arrive, but Clemons said police know his identity.

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