Two injured in Fourth of July shootings

Published 8:55 pm Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Selma Police Department is investigating two separate Independence Day shootings.

A 20-year-old Selma man was shot multiple times early Tuesday morning, and a 26-year-old Selma man was shot late Tuesday night in the chest during a drive-by.

According to Captain Johnny King with the Selma Police Department, officers responded to the emergency room at Vaughan Regional Medical Center in reference to an assault victim around 1:10 a.m. Officers discovered a victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the body.

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King said an investigation revealed the shooting happened after the victim and an unnamed suspect got into an altercation on the 1200 block of Alabama Avenue.

At this point, it is unclear what exactly happened between the victim and suspect, but the Criminal Investigation Division is continuing to investigate the shooting.

King said the suspect could face an attempted murder charge, which is a class A felony.

Selma Police Chief Spencer Collier said the shooting could possibly be connected to Monday’s fatal drive-by shooting of 17-year-old Christopher Devon Lee II. Lee was gunned down on the front porch of a home on the 1500 block of Washington Street. The 20-year-old victim, in this case, is a former student-athlete at Ellwood Christian Academy. Lee was also a student athlete at Ellwood.

A second shooting happened late Tuesday night on Broad Street. Collier said a 26-year-old was the victim of a drive-by shooting on the 2000 block of Broad Street. The man was shot in the chest while standing in his front yard.

He was transported by a private vehicle to the emergency room at Vaughan Regional Medical Center and then airlifted to UAB Hospital in Birmingham.

“Several other homes were fired into while he was shot at as well,” Collier said.

Collier said possible suspects in the Broad Street shooting have been identified, but no arrest has been made yet.

Anyone with information on either shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-442-7463, the SPD Criminal Investigation Division at (334) 874-2125 or the secret witness line at (334) 874-2190.