25-year-old shot dead in Birmingham Alley


A 25-year-old Birmingham man has been charged with shooting and killing a man in Ensley Alley in October.

Eren Jermer Johnson, 23, is charged with major murder in the October 29 murder of Malik Tyree Sutton. Johnson was booked into the Birmingham City Jail on Friday night and transferred to the Jefferson County Jail on Sunday night.

Jail records indicate the fatal shooting that occurred during the robbery. Johnson is being held without bond.

Sutton was killed just before 10:30 that Friday night. Birmingham police responded to a Shot Spotter alert after they were shot in the 4200 block of Avenue L.

Sutton was pronounced dead on the spot.

Malik Sutton (Contribution)

Sutton graduated from Center Point High School in 2014, where he was a member of the March Band. Her mother said she is part of the 6L Family Foundation and an organization founded by Sutton and her friends, which aims to provide community support and encouragement by mentoring young people, promoting higher education through scholarships, actively supporting community causes and living an exemplary life.

He worked in Homewood’s auto sector.

“Malik is one of the greatest gifts God can bless me with,” his grieving mother, Taraisha Woods, said in a previous interview. “He had one of those smiles that brightened up any room.”

“Malik is my first child, and I’m really at a loss for words,” Woods said. “His zealous personality can only be defined as party life, and those who truly love and know him will never forget him.”

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