At approximately 11:45 p.m. on Saturday evening, Special Agents with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) State Bureau of Investigations (SBI) launched a death investigation at the request of the Dadeville Police Chief.
The investigation was a result of a shooting that occurred at approximately 10:34 p.m. near the 200 Block of Broadnax Street in Dadeville, located in Tallapoosa County. ALEA reported that there were four confirmed fatalities and multiple injuries.
The following agencies responded to the scene and are currently assisting with the investigation: The Dadeville Police Department, Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Alcohol, the Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the 5 Circuit District Attorney’s Office.
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey tweeted Sunday morning expressing her grief for the people of Dadeville and her fellow Alabamians. She stated that violent crime has no place in the state and that she is staying closely updated by law enforcement as details emerge.
A witness at the scene reported that the total number of victims was higher than six, including multiple people who died at the scene. The witness observed white sheets covering the bodies. A photo posted to Twitter shows multiple families gathered outside a local hospital following the incident.
Susan Foy, the Chief Marketing Director of Russell Medical Center in Alexander City, located about 18 miles from Dadeville, called the incident a “horrific tragedy.” She confirmed that the hospital treated multiple victims and released them. Several victims with gunshot wounds had to be transferred to other hospitals to better tend to their specific wounds/injuries. Of the victims treated at the medical center, she had no word on any fatalities.
The mass shooting at a teenager’s birthday party in Dadeville, Alabama, Saturday evening left multiple children dead and more than 20 injured. The investigation is ongoing and the exact number of surviving victims has not been revealed.