Five people were killed across Jefferson County over the weekend, two in Birmingham, one in Bessemer, one in Lipscomb and the fifth in the county’s unincorporated area.
Four of those deaths occurred in just six hours on Friday. The latest was discovered on Sunday night when a neighbor found a woman dead in her Town and Country Circle apartment.
The weekend bloodshed began just after 3 a.m. Friday afternoon, when a man was shot and killed in a vehicle at a stop sign on 32nd Street North near Bessemer Super Highway. Police said the gunman fired from inside the vehicle.
The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office on Monday identified the victim as Dominic Louvert Giles. He was 33 years old and living in Bessemer.
It was not immediately clear if Giles was in the vehicle or when he was shot, but he ran a short distance and crashed into a grassy area about 30 feet from the Bessemer Super Highway. Giles was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:34 pm
Lt. Christian Clemons said at least one person in the vehicle fled. The driver went to the police station to investigate the incident and is investigating.
In addition to the homicide, Bessemer police were investigating another shooting on Friday evening. Clemons said a woman at UAB West Hospital suffered a gunshot wound to the leg at 4:55 pm. Her injuries are not life-threatening.
The victim told police that she was in a home at the time of the shootings but did not see who shot her, Clemons said. Police are trying to verify the location of the shootings.
Then, around 6:30 pm on Friday evening, Birmingham police responded to a four-pronged shooting in the southwest of the city. Officers responded to a call for more than 30 rounds of shotshots in the 1100 block of 33rd Street Southwest.
Officers found two people with gunshot wounds outside the vehicle. He was transported to UAB Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Police found two men in the back seat of a vehicle who were pronounced dead shortly before 7 p.m.
Several wenches were seized from the vehicle, Sgt. Rod Mauldin said, and a preliminary investigation indicates that the four people involved knew each other.
Police believe the shooter or shooters fired from outside the vehicle. Authorities have not announced any motive or any arrest in the case.
Other weekend shootings in Birmingham A Birmingham police officer who was shot in the foot early Saturday morning was injured when he was working on duty at a quest nightclub in the city’s Southside.
Mauldin said the officer came to the club at about 3am to do extra work for the club, which is open 24 hours a day. Just as he was about to enter the club, the staff met him and told him there was a gunman inside.
The officer made contact with the man and a fight ensued. An unidentified officer’s name was shot in the leg.
Mauldin said the suspect was injured in the “lower extremities” but there was no indication that the officer fired his vein, so he wasn’t sure how the suspect was injured. Both were taken to a hospital for treatment.
The suspect, a 27-year-old Pleasant Grove man, was quickly released from the hospital and booked into the Jefferson County Jail at 7:30 a.m. on charges of assault and intoxication with a police officer.
Shortly after 5:30 p.m., a man suffered a life-threatening gunshot wound in the parking lot of the Birmingham Racetrack at 1000 John Rogers Drive. Mauldin said the shooting is under investigation.
Friday night, Lipcomb police and Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies reported the shooting at Lipcomb’s Woodward Estate around 8:30 p.m.
Nicholas Marquise Cunningham, 34, died at the scene at 9:05 p.m.
On Friday night, Lipscomb Police Chief Lanita Neal declined to comment on the murder and no additional details have been released.
On Sunday, a woman was found dead in her East Jefferson County artifact and authorities are investigating her death as a homicide.
At 5 p.m., sheriff’s deputies were called to the artworks in the Town and Country Circle.
Neighbors alerted law enforcement officials after the woman examined the sergeant because she had not seen the woman for several days, Joni Money said. He saw her on the floor inside the artwork and called for help.
Money said an autopsy is pending on the woman’s death, but evidence at the scene suggested foul play.
Her identity has not yet been released, but she is 31 years old.
The deadly shootings marked Bessemer’s 25th homicide of 2021 and the 105th homicide of Birmingham. Of them, 12 are considered justifiable and therefore they are not considered criminal.
In all Jefferson County, there have been 173 murders so far this year. There were 152 murders in the same period last year.
Anyone with information about any homicides is asked to call police or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.