From The Tribune staff reports
BIRMINGHAM — The Jefferson County Coroner’s Officer identified three of the four men on Monday, April 20, 2020, who were all killed by gun violence in separate incidents over this past weekend.
The violent weekend began early Friday morning when authorities found Emilio Aaron Elliott Jr., 23, of Bessemer, lying near a vehicle at the 2400 block of Ninth Avenue South suffering from a gunshot wound after Birmingham South Precinct Officers responded to the scene upon hearing gunshots.
Elliot was transported to UAB Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 6:26 p.m.
No arrests have been made.
Antione Harris, 36, of Birmingham, was found dead within a residence on the 100 block of Briar Grove Drive during a manhunt for a man wanted in both an officer-involved shooting and for multiple murders throughout Alabama.
Authorities believe that Derrick Lee Hightower broke into Harris’ house during the manhunt and shot and killed him. Hightower evaded police for most of Saturday as authorities attempted to capture the man suspected of murdering four people in a rampage that began in Auburn on Friday.
Harris was pronounced dead at 7:04 a.m. on Saturday.
Charles Edward Gregory, 30, was pronounced dead at 4:32 a.m. on Sunday at UAB Hospital in what the coroner’s office describes as a reported assault at a private residence.
The shooting occurred at the 1000 block of Alabama Avenue SW, in Birmingham, at around 12:56 a.m. on Sunday.
No other details have been released.
The case is being investigated as a homicide.
A fourth man, still unidentified, was found dead on a remote roadway on the 1400 block of 88th Street North, in east Birmingham, at 10:53 a.m. on Sunday. The victim was pronounced dead at 11:17 a.m.
Birmingham Police Department Sgt. Rod Mauldin said that East Precinct officers responded to the location following a call of an unresponsive person around 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 19, 2020.
Upon arrival to the scene, officers discovered a man suffering from a gunshot wound. Birmingham Fire and Rescue arrived and subsequently pronounced the man dead.
“This is an isolated area, not well traveled,” Mauldin said. “So we need your assistance.”
This remains an ongoing investigation.
If you have any information call Birmingham homicide detectives at 205-254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.