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Man sought for questioning in Birmingham shooting that killed 16-year-old girl and 49-year-old motorcyclist

AL.com logo AL.com 1/10/2022 Carol Robinson, al.com
Yasmine Wright, 16, was shot to death Jan. 8, 2022, when she was caught in gunfire while on her way home from work. (Mayor Randall Woodfin" © Carol Robinson | crobinson/al.com/TNS Yasmine Wright, 16, was shot to death Jan. 8, 2022, when she was caught in gunfire while on her way home from work. (Mayor Randall Woodfin"

A 27-year-old year man is wanted for questioning in connection with weekend gunfire that killed a 16-year-old girl and a 49-year-old man in Birmingham.

Byron Da’Juan Lumpkin is being called a person of interest by Birmingham. Killed in the Saturday-night shooting were Ed Franklin Harris and Yasmine Wright, who police was just passing by when she got caught in the gunfire.

Ed Franklin Harris © Carol Robinson | crobinson/al.com/TNS Ed Franklin Harris

Lumpkin is known to frequent the Ensley/Central Park area.

The shots rang out about 9:15 p.m. at 16th Way S.W. and Matt Leonard Drive. Sgt. Rod Mauldin said West Precinct officers initially responded to a call of a person shot at that location.

Byron Da’Juan Lumpkin © Carol Robinson | crobinson/al.com/TNS Byron Da’Juan Lumpkin

When they got on the scene, they found Harris unresponsive in the roadway close to a motorcycle. Another vehicle was found in a nearby grassy area.

Mauldin said the preliminary investigation indicates Harris turned onto 16th Way and laid down the motorcycle. At that point, the suspect or suspects reportedly exited the vehicle and fired shots at Harris.

He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Harris was a husband, father, son, brother, uncle who family members said had a heart of gold.

That vehicle had been abandoned, and police were using tracking dogs in search of the suspect or suspects. No one was taken into custody.

Moments later, police received word that a 16-year-old gunshot victim had shown up at a nearby Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service Station 25 on Wilson Road. BFRS took Yasmine from there to UAB Hospital where she was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Yasmine, a Wenonah High School student, was on her way home from the Birmingham Zoo. Her aunt, Janice Wright, had picked her up after work and they were returning home when the shots entered their vehicle from the same incident that killed the motorcyclist.

Yasmine was just four minutes from her home when she was killed.

“Yasmine should still be with us right here, right now. She was an ambitious young lady in her junior year of high school, an employee of the Birmingham Zoo and a great saxophone player. She would have celebrated her 17th birthday next week,’’ Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin said on his social media platforms.

Anyone with information on Lumpkin’s whereabout is asked to call Birmingham police at 205-254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.

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