A Sweet 16 Event in Dadeville, Alabama, During the 11th Anniversary of the Snatched Shooting, on Oct. 17, 2002
At the conclusion of a Sweet 16 party in Dadeville, Alabama, several people were dead and many more were injured when gunfire erupted in the room where the party was being held.
Authorities have yet to release details on a suspect or possible motive and have not revealed what led up to the shooting, which began to ring out around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said.
Several people who knew him, have said that he was one of the victims, and that he was a wonderful student athlete.
When he was an assistant football coach, Michael Taylor said that he was told to take care of his two sisters if anything ever happened to him.
Dozens of partygoers had a wide variety of injuries from the shooting, and some remained in critical condition as of Sunday afternoon. Jeremy J Burkett is with the law enforcement agency in Alabama.
Hayes, who is also a church pastor and chaplain for the Dadeville Police Department, spent Saturday night at a hospital where several victims were taken and consoled students and families who had congregated there.
It’s a tight knit community. Everybody knows everybody. That’s why this is so difficult. He added, “I knew these kids personally, most people did.”
Dadeville city council member Teneeshia Goodman-Johnson told a CNN affiliate that supporting students as they grieve should be the community’s top focus.
“Their physical, their mental, their emotional health is my priority right now,” Johnson told affiliate WAKA. “We need to make sure that they are okay.”
“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,” he said.
The sergeant also encouraged anyone with information about the incident to reach out to inform law enforcement. “I cannot stress this enough, we absolutely need you to share it,” Burkett said.
Two people killed in Louisville, Kentucky, and a second victim, KeKe Smith, is a student athletic director at a high school
Two people were killed and four others were wounded in a shooting in Louisville, Kentucky, less than two hours after a similar incident in Dadeville. The Gun Violence Archive said more mass shooting have been recorded in the last four months than in the last year.
In a Sunday statement, President Joe Biden said he was praying for the victims’ families and reiterated his call for Congress to reach an agreement of gun control legislation.
“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?” Biden said.
Taylor explained that his own son was very close to the man they trained together with, who he described as humble and like a son.
A second victim, KeKe Smith, was identified by Jackson, who said she is Smith’s cousin and described the student as “always smiling.” Jackson said she heard of her cousin’s death from his mother.
Smith was graduating from high school and ready to attend the University of Alabama. Taylor also confirmed Smith’s death and said she was a student athletic manager on the Dadeville High School track team.
Detection and Treatment of Multiple Injuries following the Decay of a Hero in Pike Road, Dadeville, Alabama
Six of the injured were treated and released and the remaining nine were transferred to other facilities, hospital spokesperson Heidi Smith said Sunday. At last check, six teens were in critical condition and four were stable.
Foy said they were either treated or released. She did not confirm how many patients were received or their ages.
At least one of those injured was a student from the town of Pike Road, about 60 miles southwest of Dadeville and on the outskirts of Montgomery, Pike Road Schools said in a statement on Facebook. It is unclear what injuries the student suffered or what their status is.
Students know the victims of the tragedy. We can confirm one of our students was present, and we continue to pray for their complete recovery,” the statement said.
The death toll in the shooting has devastated the city of about 3,000 people where everyone knows each other.
Amy Jackson said that Keke Smith was a high school senior looking forward to going to The University of Alabama.
Cooper described the teenager as a hometown hero because he had secured a scholarship to play football at Jacksonville State University.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Philstavious Dowdell and the other victims of the senseless tragedy last night, ” Rodriguez said Sunday.