The Tallapoosa County Coroner has confirmed the names and ages of the four people killed in a mass shooting in Dadeville.
The victims are:
- Philstavious Dowdell, 18, Camp Hill
- Corbin Dahmontrey Holston, 23, Dadeville
- Marsiah Emmanuel Collins, 19, Opelika
- Shaunkivia Nicole Smith, 17, Dadeville
A shooting incident at a birthday party in Dadeville resulted in the death of four individuals and left 28 others injured. No details have been provided yet regarding any potential suspect(s) involved in the incident.
As per the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, several of the wounded individuals remain in critical condition following the shooting incident that occurred near the 200 block of Broadnax Street at around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday night.
The majority of the victims, who are mostly teenagers, were attending a birthday celebration for a 16-year-old, according to Pastor Ben Hayes, who serves as the chaplain for the Dadeville Police Department and the local high school football team.
He further added that the incident has shaken the small town, where major crimes are infrequent.
Pastor Ben Hayes expressed his sorrow over the loss of one of the victims, who was a well-known student and a talented athlete. He stated that the incident has impacted the entire Dadeville community, which is relatively small in size.
The Jacksonville State football team also released a statement on Phil Dowdell, a multi-sport athlete from Dadeville, who had committed to playing football for the team next season. Meanwhile, law enforcement officials conducted a brief press conference on Sunday morning, and Raymond Porter from Tallapoosa County Schools mentioned that counseling services would be accessible to students at the county schools the following day.
Emergency responders transported the injured individuals to nearby medical facilities, including Dadeville and Russell hospitals, as reported by officials at the site. The law enforcement personnel continued to remain present at the location on Sunday morning, and various agencies, such as ALEA State Bureau of Investigations, Dadeville Police, Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the 5th Circuit District Attorney’s Office, are involved in the investigation and are rendering their assistance.
A second press conference is scheduled to take place at the Tallapoosa County Courthouse on Sunday at 5 p.m. It has been reported by the Associated Press that President Joe Biden has been informed about the shooting incident. The White House has stated that it is closely following the developments and has been in communication with the local authorities and law enforcement to extend its support. The investigation into the incident is ongoing, and no information has been made public regarding any potential suspect(s).
If anyone has any information related to this incident, please have them contact the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) crime information hotline at 1-800-392-8011 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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