DADEVILLE, Ala. (WTVM) – Four people are dead and nearly 30 people injured following a shooting in Dadeville on Saturday night.
Investigators with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency report the shooting happened at 10:34 CT on Broadnax Street.
According to Tallapoosa County Coroner Mike Knox, the four victims have been identified as:
- Philstavious Dowdell, 18, Camp Hill
- Corbin Dahmontrey Holston, 23, Dadeville
- Marsiah Emmanuel Collins, 19, Opelika
- Shaunkivia Nicole Smith, 17, Dadeville
Sgt. Jeremy Burkett with ALEA confirmed Sunday evening that 32 people were injured in the shooting. Authorities are asking anyone with information on the shooting to call 1-800-392-8011.
Central Alabama Crimestoppers is also offering a reward of up to $5,000 for any credible tip that leads to the arrest of the person responsible for the shooting.
A spokeswoman for Lake Martin Community Hospital confirms 15 patients, mostly teenagers, were admitted for gunshot wounds last night. Six patients have been discharged. Nine patients were transported to other hospitals for further treatment. Five of those patients remain in critical condition and the other four are in stable condition.
Two of the hospitals include Baptist South and Piedmont Columbus Regional.
A social media post from Jacksonville State University’s football team indicates one of the dead is Philstavious Dowdell. Dowdell is identified as an “upcoming member” of the program.
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Authorities with ALEA confirmed Sunday morning that the shooting happened at a birthday party celebration. Tallapoosa County Schools Superintendent Raymond Porter stated counselors will be available at Dadeville schools tomorrow for grieving students.
ABC News reports President Joe Biden has been briefed on the shooting and is monitoring updates from the White House.
President Joe Biden released a statement on the shooting on Sunday afternoon.
This morning, our nation is once again grieving for at least four Americans tragically killed at a teen’s birthday party in Dadeville, Alabama as well as two others killed last night in a crowded public park in Louisville. Jill and I are praying for their families, and for the many others injured and fighting for their lives in the wake of this weekend’s gun violence.
What has our nation come to when children cannot attend a birthday party without fear? When parents have to worry every time their kids walk out the door to school, to the movie theater, or to the park?
Guns are the leading killer of children in America, and the numbers are rising – not declining.
This is outrageous and unacceptable. Americans agree and want lawmakers to act on commonsense gun safety reforms. Instead, this past week Americans saw national Republican elected leaders stand alongside the NRA in a race to the bottom on dangerous laws that further erode gun safety. Our communities need and deserve better.
I commend Tennessee Governor Bill Lee for signing an Executive Order to expand background checks and calling on the Tennessee statehouse to pass a red flag law. I hope more Republican officials will follow suit and take action.
I stand ready, as I always have been, to work across the aisle in good faith on federal legislation that will save lives. It is within Congress’ power to require safe storage of firearms, require background checks for all gun sales, eliminate gun manufacturers’ immunity from liability, and ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines – and this should happen without delay.
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