16-year-old dies in Birmingham double homicide

Crime

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Birmingham police need your help to find the person or persons who shot and killed two people, including a 16-year-old girl who was caught in the crossfire.

Investigators say they were called to 16th Way Southwest and Matt Leonard Drive after 9 p.m. Saturday night. When they arrived, they say they found 49-year-old Ed Franklin Harris lying unresponsive in the road close to a motorcycle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. They also found another vehicle in a grassy area. They say they believe this vehicle belonged to the suspects.

Investigators say they later learned 16-year-old Yasmine Wright was riding in another vehicle and she had been shot and taken to the hospital, where she later died.

Investigators say the preliminary investigation suggests Harris turned onto 16th Way Southwest and laid the motorcycle down in the roadway. The suspects drove up and begin to fire shots. They say Wright was hit during the shooting incident. They also say they are looking for at least two suspects. They also say they recovered some weapons from the scene.

Statement from Birmingham Zoo:

The Birmingham Zoo family is deeply saddened to learn that one of its own, Yasmine Wright, was the victim of a random yet senseless act of violence. Yasmine and her family have been part of our team for several years, working as part of the SSA operations of the Zoo. Yasmine was a beloved member of our team, and we are sending our sincerest condolences to her family and friends. We wish them continued support during this difficult time”

– The Birmingham Zoo

The Birmingham Zoo and SSA are offering counseling services for its impacted employees.

Statement From Birmingham City Schools:

We are deeply saddened by the tragic death of Yasmine Wright, a 10th-grade scholar at Wenonah High School who was wounded by stray gunfire as she returned home from work on Saturday.

– Birmingham City Schools

Mayor Randall Woodfin on Teenager Shot:

Ms. Janice Wright should be spending this Sunday afternoon with her beloved 16-year-old niece Yasmine. That won’t happen. Yasmine had her life stolen from her last night – an innocent victim killed in a crossfire that also left another man dead. I’m heartbroken for Ms. Wright and her family. I’m also angry. I’m angry that yet another young person won’t be able to experience graduation, achieve adulthood, start a family and reach their potential due to the recklessness of others. 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. Instead, her family is spending their Sunday in mourning. It is not right. It is not fair. It is not normal. And when a child is killed, no one should stay quiet. I’m making this appeal to you today as a mayor, as a resident of this city and as a man who loves his own nieces very much: If you have any information about the shooting at 1600 Matt Leonard Drive SW, leave an anonymous tip at Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777. Birmingham police are on the case but every bit of help is needed. Ms. Wright had to witness her own niece take her last breaths. She and her family deserve justice for this horrible tragedy. Please, help us give it to her.

– Mayor Randall Woodfin

If you have any information about this shooting, call Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777 or BPD Homicide Unit at 205-254-1764.

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