Police: 1 dead in argument-fueled shooting in west Birmingham


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Police are investigating a man’s shooting death that happened Friday night in west Birmingham.

Shortly after 9:30 p.m. Friday, West Precinct officers with the Birmingham Police Department received a report of a person shot. Upon arrival to the scene at 521 5th Street Thomas, officers found Eloy Sierra, 52, of Birmingham, unresponsive in an alleyway. Birmingham Fire personnel pronounced Sierra, who was unidentified until the next morning, dead on scene.

According to Birmingham Police Officer Truman Fitzgerald, the fatal shooting took place following a verbal altercation involving an unknown suspect. Fitzgerald says officers believe Sierra and the suspect were at a gathering.

Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact the Birmingham Police Homicide Unit at 205-254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.

This is Birmingham’s 98th homicide investigation of 2020 with 13 justifiable death
investigations and one accidental shooting (a non-criminal homicide).


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