Second Birmingham Homicide in 10 Hours: Ensley Tragedy Unfolds

In a devastating turn of events, a 24-year-old man, Zion Kewayne Taylor, became the victim of a fatal shooting in broad daylight on Saturday outside a neighborhood store in Ensley. This incident marks Birmingham’s second homicide in less than 12 hours, casting a somber shadow over the community.

West Precinct officers responded to the distressing scene around 1:30 p.m. in the 1700 block of Avenue I, just outside M&A Grocery. Upon arrival, officers discovered Taylor unresponsive inside a vehicle, and Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service tragically pronounced him dead at the scene.

The city’s gunfire detection system, Shot Spotter, played a crucial role, alerting police to the sound of at least six rounds fired in the area. Simultaneously, multiple 911 calls from concerned citizens reported the shooting as officers were en route to the location.

Sergeant LaQuitta Wade revealed that investigators suspect some form of altercation occurred before the unknown assailant fired the fatal shots. At present, no one is in custody, heightening the urgency of the ongoing investigation.

The tragedy in Ensley comes on the heels of another fatal incident earlier that day, around 3 a.m., where officers responded to a Shot Spotter alert at Avenue W and 18th Street in Ensley. The call was later updated to report a man lying in the roadway, and, sadly, he was also pronounced dead at the scene. In this predawn shooting, at least nine shots were fired.

Zion Kewayne Taylor’s death marks Birmingham’s 120th confirmed homicide this year. Of these reported homicides, one involved an officer-involved shooting by an external law enforcement agency, and eight others were ruled justifiable.

Zooming out to the broader context of Jefferson County, the total count of homicides stands at 166, including the 120 in Birmingham. The recurrence of such violent incidents emphasizes the collective responsibility to address underlying issues contributing to these tragedies.

Authorities urge anyone with information related to these incidents to contact homicide detectives at 205-254-1764 or provide anonymous tips through Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777. The community’s involvement remains pivotal in bringing those responsible to justice and addressing the persistent challenges of violence within the city.

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