Tuscaloosa PD investigating kidnapping and separate double shooting


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — The Tuscaloosa Police Department responded to Brookstone Apartments on April 4 at 1:30 p.m. on shots fired.

The homicide unit responded and took over the investigation, upon which it was determined the suspects had forced their way into an apartment and brought the 21-year-old victim outside at gunpoint.

During the altercation, one of the suspect fired his weapon into the parking lot, and investigators began to interview witness and follow leads.

Around 4 a.m. on Tuesday, investigators received information that the victim may have been at UAB Hospital. Investigators were able to verify that the victim was injured and treated at UAB. The condition of the victim and the circumstances surrounding his injury cannot be released, as the investigation is ongoing.

Investigators have identified the suspect as 18-year-old Sherman James Rountree. Rountree is 6’3″ and weighs 197 pounds.

Rountree is wanted for kidnapping and burlgary in the first degree. He is said to have connections to Birmingham, Ensley and Tuscaloosa. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact the Tuscaloosa Police Department or CrimeStoppers.

Additionally on April 4 around 9:50 p.m., Tuscaloosa Police responded to the intersection of East 24th Street and 3rd Avenue East on a shooting. The victims, both male, ages 25 and 32, were transported to DCH for gunshot wounds.

The 32-year-old has been transferred to UAB for further treatment and is listed in critical condition. The 25-year-old was treated and released.

Investigators have discovered that there was a group of people hanging out when an unknown suspect ran from between two houses, through the crowd. As he ran, he continued to fire shots in the direction he was running away from.

The second shooter was between houses, firing at the first shooter.

One witness described the shooter as “firing blindly back toward the crowd.” Witnesses also advised they didn’t know either shooter and are unsure as to why they were shooting at each other.

At this time there are no leads about the identity of the shooters, and investigators are asking that anyone with information contact the Homicide Department and CrimeStoppers.

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