New Year’s Eve shootings leave one dead, one injured

Published 9:49 pm Monday, January 4, 2016

The Selma Police Department is investigating two shootings on New Year’s Eve that resulted in the death of a 44-year-old woman and left another man injured.

According to Lt. Sam Miller with the Selma Police Department, Mary Whatley was shot and killed by an unknown black male on the 1600 block of Maple Street. The suspect walked up near the residence and opened fire around 3:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

“About that time Ms. Whatley was coming out the door and down the steps to the yard and she took three rounds to the body,” Miller said.

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Whatley was transported to Vaughan Regional Medical Center by private vehicle where she died.

Miller said the police department believes the same suspects were also responsible for a shooting that happened around an hour later on the 400 block of Martin Luther King Street.

Officers responded to a call in reference to a gunshot victim and found that 38-year-old Antoine Stallworth had been shot multiple times. Stallworth was transported to a Montgomery area hospital for treatment.

“Not long after [the first shooting] we believe the parties involved went to GWC homes, had a run in there and started exchanging shots and Mr. Stallworth just happened to be in the area and got shot three times,” Miller said.

Miller said no update was available on Stallworth’s condition as of Monday evening. Miller said the police department believes recent shootings on Church Street and Tucker Avenue were also related to the New Year’s Eve shootings. Both incidents are under investigation.