Delaware shooting victim killed during child custody exchange, police say

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DELAWARE, OH (WCMH) — Police have identified the victim and the suspect in a deadly shooting in the city of Delaware, Thursday.

According to the Delaware Police Department, at about 7pm, Thursday, officers responded to the report of a shooting in the 900 block of Stratford Road.

When officers arrived on scene they found Ali Al Azirjawi, 28, of Hilliard, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Azirjawi was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say the alleged shooter, Bryan S. Pemberton, 33, of Delaware, was taken into custody without incident and charged with murder.

According to police, it is believed Azirjawi arrived at the location for a child custody exchange before he was shot by Pemberton.

Azirjawi’s cousin, Ali Azirjawi said his cousin moved from Iraq and served in the United States military. Ali Azirjawi said Azirjawi gave so much to everyone.

“He cares about the others more then himself. He would do anything everything for the others,” said Ali Azirjawi.

At the moment Azirjawi’s mother is still in iraq.  The family says news about her son’s death put her in the hospital.

Police continue to investigate the homicide.

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