DAILYKENN.com -- The unarmed Mike Gilotti was fatally shot on the steps of his Hoover, Ala. home. Two teens have been arrested.
The 33-year-old Iraq war veteran leaves behind a wife and two sons.
The crime occurred Jan. 5, 2016. A second arrest was reported Feb. 4, 2016.
The shooting happened at 4:55 a.m. in the 5500 block of Park Side Circle. Hoover police Capt. Gregg Rector said Gilotti was leaving his home to go to his morning workout when he encountered someone either in his driveway or his car.
One shot was fired, and Gilloti collapsed at his front door. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
Rector confirmed Gilotti was an Iraq war veteran. He served as a U.S. Army tank commander, first lieutenant and platoon leader in the 12th Cavalry Regiment, and wrote about his experience while in Baghdad, including one 2007 article about how US and Iraqi forces provided water to a Baghdad neighborhood. "It took a water crisis to give U.S. and Iraqi forces an opportunity to earn the trust of the residents in the western neighborhood of Shula in the Iraqi capital," Gilotti wrote.
An Avon, Connecticut native, Gilotti worked at the State Farm claims office on Lakeshore Parkway. Co-workers said they were not authorized to speak about Gilotti but said the entire office is devastated. "Our hearts go out to his family, friends, and coworkers and he will be greatly missed," said State Farm spokesman Roszell Gadson.
He and his wife, Heather, were married in 2008 in Baldwin County and later moved to Hoover where they lived with their sons.
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