Alabama — On Saturday night, a shooter opened fire on a birthday celebration in Alabama, resulting in carnage.
The Alabama shooting killed four people and injured at least 28 others, according to authorities.
At 10:34 p.m. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency reported a fatal shooting in downtown Dadeville on Saturday.
Sgt. Jeremy J. Burkett provided further information, saying:
“There were four lives tragically lost in this incident, and there’s been a multitude of injuries.”
During a news conference on Sunday afternoon, Burkett said that the event resulted in a range of injuries, with some patients in critical condition.
“Please understand this is a very fluid situation,” he added.
“We have been getting continuous updates throughout the day and we are absolutely trying to confirm and understand everyone that was in the venue there.”
According to Burkett, officials are presently questioning witnesses in attempt to understand more about the event.
During the news conference, authorities provided no information about the culprit or his motivation.
Jeremy Burkett also asked that anybody with information regarding the event contact Alabama law police, saying:
“I cannot stress this enough, we absolutely need you to share it.”
Philstavious Dowdell was among those killed in the Alabama shooting.
Dowdell was praised by the football team’s chaplain, Ben Hayes, and the party’s DJ, Keenan Cooper, as a superb high school football player.
Dowdell also happened to be the birthday girl’s brother.
Cooper reported he did not hear any fights or other interruptions before the shooting.
“It’s really sad to see all the kids that were shot and the ones that are deceased,” he said.
“And seeing all those bodies at the front door, all those kids are probably going to be traumatized.”
According to medical officials, roughly 15 young people were hospitalized for gunshot wounds early Sunday, with some of them in critical condition.
Dadeville Lake Martin Community Hospital representative Heidi Smith claimed that six of the fifteen minors were transported to the hospital, with six being treated and discharged.
The nine survivors were taken to different hospitals.
Five students were gravely injured, while four others were in stable condition, according to the most recent reports.
According to spokesperson Susan Foy, many victims of the Dadeville birthday party shooting were treated at Russell Medical Center in nearby Alexander City.
“They were treated and released or transferred to other facilities,” she said.
According to Foy, she was unable to establish the number of patients that had arrived or their ages.
Hometown hero lost
According to Keenan Cooper, Philstavious Dowdell will graduate from high school next month.
On a football scholarship, he attended Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama.
Cooper described Dowdell as “kind of like the hometown hero.”
On Dowdell’s death, Jacksonville State Head Coach Rich Rodriguez issued the following statement on Sunday:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Philstavious Dowdell and the other victims of the senseless tragedy last night,” said Rodriguez.
“He was a great young man with a bright future.”
After learning of the horrific occurrence, Dadeville High School coach Michael Taylor expressed horror.
Taylor stated that he had been coaching the victim since he was nine years old and thought him to be a top athlete.
“Anything he put his hand on, he was blessed,” said Taylor.
Dadeville High School’s coach recalled a conversation with Dowdell in which the hometown hero said:
“If anything ever happened to me, even when I go to college, take care of my two sisters.”
“It can’t be true; it just can’t be true,” said Taylor.
Dadeville Police Department Chaplain Ben Hayes said the chief asked him to go to Lake Martin Community Hospital to help control the crowds and minister to the students who had gathered.
“It’s a very close, tight-knit community,” said Hayes.
“Everybody knows everybody. That’s why this is so difficult, it’s because this – it’s affecting everybody in the community.”
Hayes was informed by students that the shooting occurred at a “Sweet 16” birthday party.
“I knew these kids personally. Most people did,” said the pastor of the people who gathered.
“There was a lot of sadness, a lot of concern on faces.”
“I think at this point, it’s shock,” Hayes continued. “I think probably the anger will come.”
“I think it’s a matter of time to see how people respond to this. But right now, things are quiet, and we’re just praying that it stays that way.”
Tallapoosa County Schools, according to Superintendent Raymond C. Porter, will offer counseling to students.
“What we’ve dealt with is something no community should have to endure,” said Dadeville Police Chief Jonathan L. Floyd.
“I also ask each of you, please do not let this moment define what you think about the city of Dadeville and our fine people.
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey issued a statement offering her condolences to the community.
“This morning, I grieve with the people of Dadeville and my fellow Alabamians. Violence crime has NO place in our state, and we are staying closely updated by law enforcement as details emerge.”
2023 mass shootings so far
The shooting in Alabama happened on the same day that tourists were shot in a park near Louisville, Kentucky.
The Louisville disaster harmed four individuals and killed two.
It was also the second mass shooting in the city in as many days.
On Monday, a gunman killed five people at an Old National Bank branch five miles from Chickasaw Park.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, over 160 mass shootings occurred in the United States in the first 15 weeks of 2023, with more than 1.5 occurring every day.