Hoover police have identified the man who was shot and killed early this morning in the Lake Cyrus neighborhood.
Jonathan Michael "Mike" Gilotti, a 33-year-old husband, father and Iraq War veteran, was leaving for the gym around 5 a.m. when he was shot in front of his house, Hoover police Capt. Gregg Rector said.
Gilotti was shot in the chest and pronounced dead on the scene. His wife called to report the shooting.
Some neighbors plan to light candles in front of their homes Tuesday night in memory of Gilotti.
At a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Rector said police are investigating the theory that Gilotti walked outside as a car burglar was attempting to break into his car. At least 10 car burglaries were reported in the area of Gilotti's house, and Rector said there may be more that have not been reported.
“We’ll be treating each of those car break-ins as if they might yield evidence of a murder, which they might,” Rector said. “We’ll be going to great lengths and great effort to process each of those cars and to see if that one car might be the critical piece of evidence we need to solve a crime.”
Anyone with information about this case can contact Sgt. Keith Czeskleba at 739-6795 or the Hoover Police Department at 822-5300.