Victim shot in chest Tuesday night

Published 4:53 am Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Coroner Alan Dailey talks to family members of Tuesday night's shooting victim as Detective Sgt. Tori Neely looks on. -- Tim Reeves photo

With family members looking on, evidence technicians took photos of him, put bags around his hands, searched his pockets and rolled him over looking for an exit wound.

For Selma Police, the investigation into the shooting death of a middle-aged black man Monday night at the intersection of Lawrence Street and Eugene Avenue, has provided some evidence but few answers.

“We do know the name of the victim, but are not going to release that information until we’re sure all of the family has been notified,” Lt. David Evans, with the Selma Police Department said.

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According to officials, 911 received a call at 10:32 p.m. reporting a body on the sidewalk one Eugene Avenue, just three doors down from Little Canaan Primitive Baptist Church. Once emergency officials arrived, the victim was already dead.

“He [victim] appears to have been the victim of an apparent gunshot to the chest,” Evans said. “Right now, we are not sure of the type of the weapon used.”

Evans said the department had a number of detectives in the neighborhood canvassing homes trying to find any witnesses who may have more information on the shooting.

“We’re looking for any information we can at this point,” Evans said. “We have officers knocking on doors, talking to residents and looking for evidence.”

The body was scheduled to be transported to Montgomery to the Department of Forensic Sciences for further investigation and then would be returned to the family later.

Evans did say the victim was a Selma resident, but that they had not locked down where his last residence was.