The dire consequences of the racial change in Birmingham is documented in the 'reverse colonialism' post at SBPDL, delineating the shocking depreciating in real estate once the city went from majority white to nearly 75 percent black.
|Latest murder victim in 75 percent black Birmingham, Alabama had been shot 10 times in previous year... at the murder scene, police officers had to tell black people to stop bringing their children to crime scenes....|
And now, with white people slowly trickling back into the city, the black controlled city government is actually launching a task force to try and stop gentrification.
A man fatally gunned down at a Birmingham gas station in broad daylight Tuesday was previously shot 10 times in a six-month period.
Authorities on Tuesday night identified the victim as 29-year-old Antione Collier, known to many by his nickname "Twin." Court records identify him as Antoine Collier.
A woman in her 50's, who police described as an innocent bystander, is fighting for her life at UAB Hospital after she was struck multiple times by the more than 40 bullets fired in store parking lot.
Collier died on the sidewalk of the Exxon service station at the corner of Graymont Avenue and Arkadelphia Road just before 1:30 p.m., and his mother told AL.com just six months ago that she braced herself every time the phone rang.
"I'm the mother who hates to answer the phone,'' Kimberly Flowers said in April. "You worry about your child."
Collier was released from prison just over one year ago and though he said he wanted to do better, trouble still followed him, his mother previously said. He remained a target for those who wanted to harm him and his mother turned to the Birmingham Police Department to help her help her son. BPD, through its Violence Reduction Initiative, tried to give him what he needed to turn his life around. They visited him in the hospital, and he even sent a text from the hospital to one official that read, in part, "I've cried till I can't anymore cause I'm blessed. I think when my health gets better, I wanna speak to young black males about violence."
The shooting happened at 1:26 p.m. Lt. Sean Edwards said Collier and his girlfriend were entering the store when two black males shot him. The shooters fled in an unknown vehicle.
"Brazen. Very reckless. It's a total disregard for life,'' said Birmingham police Sgt. Bryan Shelton. "We are looking for an individual or individuals who clearly have no regard for life at all."
"We have to really consider the thought process that violence is not the answer,'' Shelton said. "Resorting to violence doesn't solve anything. It only causes more heartache and pain. It's a difficult time for the families. It's something they'll never forget."
Collier was shot while standing in front of his vehicle, which was parked at Good Tyme Pizza, which adjoins the Exxon. His girlfriend reportedly was with him. She was shaken, but not injured.
The female victim, police said, had just ordered her food at the pizza restaurant. She was not affiliated with Collier.
She had just gotten something to eat,'' said Lt. Sean Edwards. Several rounds struck her. They're working on her right now, and hopefully she'll pull through."
"It's very critical for her right now,'' Edwards said.
Residents who live near the busy intersection said the gunfire sounded like fireworks at first, but they then realized it was the rapid fire of bullets. More than 100 onlookers gathered at the intersection and remained there for nearly three hours while investigators marked and collected evidence, and documented the scene.
At one point, a female police officer told anyone who had brought their children to a crime scene - and there were many - needed to take them home.It's not too late to apologize to Bull Connor, a man whose actions to protect white civilization in Birmingham require only a cursory glance at life in currently 75% black Birmingham to not only justify them, but quickly rehabilitate his memory as one of the heroes of the 20th century.