CALERA, Ala. (WIAT) — Calera Police confirmed a suspect is in custody after a shooting Tuesday evening left one person dead.
According to Calera Police, officers responded to a residence in the Kinsale Subdivision around 7:30 p.m. for a welfare check. Upon arrival, officers discovered the body of Lashondra Monique Wilder with multiple gunshot wounds. Shelby County Major Crimes Task Force was requested to assist with the investigation.
Police said a suspect was taken into custody in Jefferson County Wednesday morning.
CBS 42 spoke with Wilder’s neighbor Glen Fuller and he says the subdivision is a quiet and friendly neighborhood. He was shocked to hear the news.
“I think it was a random act,” said Fuller. “I don’t think it was something that you know just a drive and whatever. You know, I’m glad of that, but still, it’s just scary when it’s this close to where you live.”
Jamarcus Elmore lives a few doors down. He says he knew something was wrong when police arrived at Wilder’s home.
Elmore says he never expected a tragic incident like this would happen. He sends his condolences to the family.
“I probably feel like you just got to look forward […] and just pray for the family, keep moving forward,” Elmore said. “You can let things like that, you know, shake you too much, but it’s just tragic. That’s honestly all it is.”
Police Chief David Hyche says CPD worked with surrounding agencies like the Shelby County Major Crimes Task Force to make the arrest.
The suspect’s identity is not being released at this time.
“When you have the prosecutors there on the ground involved and you have all the talent that you pull from your community, from the county to work together, you can solve cases like this,” Hyche said. “You can’t take away the tragedy, but we can at least bring some closure and make an arrest and make the community safe. That’s our first goal.”
Chief Hyche says an unexpected tragedy like this now shows them and the community they must remain proactive here, even as a low crime area.