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17-year-old Adonnis Xavier Bishop McQueen found shot to death on Birmingham street

Officer Truman Fitzgerald said it’s too soon to know if he was targeted.



A 17-year-old male, identified as Adonnis Xavier Bishop McQueen, was discovered shot and deceased on a street in east Birmingham.

McQueen, a senior at Huffman High School, was found in the 400 block of Cheri Lane, just off Red Mill Road in the Roebuck area.

Birmingham police received the call at 9:11 p.m. on Saturday, prompting the city’s East Precinct officers to respond. Upon arrival, they discovered McQueen unresponsive in the roadway, confirming that he had been a victim of a gunshot.

Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service pronounced him dead at the scene. Officer Truman Fitzgerald noted the presence of shell casings near McQueen, indicating that investigators believe he was shot at the location where his lifeless body was discovered.

Fitzgerald stated that it is currently too early to determine whether he was specifically targeted.

McQueen resided in close proximity to the location of the incident, and several family members hurried to the scene. The teenager’s mother, anxiously seeking answers, joined others just outside the yellow crime scene tape.

Subsequently, police escorted the boy’s mother to meet with the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office, where she was informed of her son’s demise.

The distressing scene unfolded as she felt ill, collapsed to the ground, and Officer Fitzgerald emphasized the importance of acknowledging such poignant moments, stating, “…just collapsing from news that they lost their loved one.”

“You never become accustomed to witnessing the reactions of the family,” he remarked. “Tonight, as I observed the Jefferson County coroner pose routine questions to the mother, she simply froze. It’s almost as if she sensed that it was her child,” Fitzgerald expressed.

“There’s no way to adequately articulate the experience of watching a mother react upon learning that her 17-year-old child has been taken away from her. No arrests have been made at this time.”

McQueen’s death marks the 115th homicide in Birmingham this year. Among these, one involved an officer shooting by an external law enforcement agency, and eight others were determined to be justifiable and thus not classified as criminal.

Across all of Jefferson County, there have been a total of 161 homicides, incorporating the 115 in Birmingham.

Individuals with information are encouraged to contact homicide detectives at 205-254-1764 or reach out to Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.