Shooting leads to proposed Ward 8 meeting

Published 9:19 pm Monday, July 6, 2009

The latest violent death in Selma has Selma city officials seeking a meeting with club owners.

Daron Snowden, 44, of Selma was shot multiple times early Saturday morning outside Clyde’s Tornado Lounge.

The incident was originally reported as attempted murder, but the death of the victim later in the day saw the charges upgraded to murder.

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The shooting occurred in Ward 8. Councilman Corey Bowie, who represents the ward, met with Mayor George Evans late Monday afternoon to discuss how to stop the violence.

“We are going to have a meeting with the club owners in the ward next Monday,” Bowie said. “We have to address some concerns.”

Snowden and another man were sitting in a vehicle outside the club when the shooting occurred.

Bowie said too much loitering goes on outside clubs in his ward.

“I want to be fair and balanced with club owners,” Bowie said. “It will take a collaborative effort between the city and the club owners to negate some of these problems.”

Selma Police spokesman Lt. David Evans said a person approached the vehicle in which Snowden and other person sat and began firing shots at Snowden, who was the passenger.

Authorities did not say how many times Snowden was struck, but officers recovered six spent shell casings at the scene.

“The driver of the vehicle drove from the scene directly to Vaughan Medical Center,” Evans said. “The driver was not injured in the shooting. At some point the victim was flown by helicopter to another treatment facility.”

Snowden died at the second hospital.

Officers do not know the motive of the shooting.

“Officers have identified a suspect at this time,” Evans said. “We are confident that an arrest will take place shortly.”

Once the suspect is arrested, he or she will be charged with murder. Under the Code of Alabama, murder is a class-a felony. If the suspect is convicted, then that person could face imprisonment up to life or the death penalty and to pay a fine up to $60,000.

Although officers have a suspect identified, they still ask for anyone with information to contact them.

You can call the police department at 874-6611 or the Secret Witness Line at 874-2190 or Crime Stoppers at 877-3530. Crime Stoppers pays up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.