4 dead in Alabama birthday shooting

Suspects investigated for birthday shooting that left four dead in Alabama


With a full house celebrating "Sweet 16" in Dadeville, Alabama, on Saturday In the evening, the party was abruptly interrupted by a barrage of Gunfire that left dozens wounded and four dead, including at least two elderly in a local hospital. high school about to graduate.

Authorities have not yet released details of a possible suspect or motive, and have not disclosed what led to the shooting, which began around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, the Enforcement Agency announced the Alabama Act.

One of the victims, Philstavious Dowdell, was the brother of the girl whose Birthday was, according to people who knew him.

"I met these children personally. Most people knew them," he said. Hayes, who is also a church pastor and chaplain in the Department of Dadeville Police.

At least 28 people were injured in the mass shooting, many of them adolescents. A hospital that treated 15 injured teenagers said Sunday that he had treated and discharged six of the patients and transferred the rest to other facilities. Of those, five were in critical condition and four stable, a hospital spokesman said.

Keke Smith was a high school student and hoped to attend the University of Alabama, said Amy Jackson, who identified herself as Smith's cousin. The mother de Smith is the one who told Jackson that his cousin was murdered, he said.

Smith was manager of the Dadeville High School track team and helped the basketball team, said the assistant coach of football, track and field and basketball Michael Taylor. Recently torn cruciate ligament and had to stop running, he added.

Among the dead were the birthday girl's brother, Philstavious. Dowdell, a talented football player beloved by the community, according to Dadeville High School football team chaplain Ben Hayes, and Keenan Cooper, who was DJing at the party when the shooting.

Jacksonville State head coach Rich Rodriguez said in a Dowdell said Sunday that Dowdell is "a great young man with a bright future."

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Philstavious' family. Dowdell and the other victims of last night's senseless tragedy," he said. Rodriguez on Sunday.

Taylor described Dowdell as a humble person whom he knew "as a son," and explained that his college son was very close to Dowdell and that They often trained together.

Meanwhile, detectives continue to gather information about the shooting, Burkett said.

"We had continuous updates throughout the day and we are absolutely trying to confirm and understand everyone who was on site," he said.

The sergeant also encouraged anyone with information about the incident to contact the police. "I can't say it enough: we have to share," Burkett said.

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