TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — The Tuscaloosa Police Department is investigating a shooting that left a 22-year-old man dead Tuesday afternoon.
According to the Violent Crimes Unit (TVCU), Darrieon Dewayne Dees, of Tuscaloosa, was pronounced dead after being shot at the intersection of 24th Street and Fosters Ferry Road around 3:30 p.m.
TVCU investigators charged 16-year-old Deramus Devalle Harris with one count of murder and three counts of attempted murder. Other individuals identified as having been in the area at the time of the deadly shooting are being sought by police for interviews.
According to TPD, Harris and Dees were driving together Tuesday when they encountered a group of three people on Fosters Ferry. Harris allegedly had an issue with at least one member of the group, TPD says.
Harris and Dees parked their car, armed themselves and walked towards the group firing shots at them. At least two members of the group began firing back at Harris and Dees. Dees was eventually struck during the gunfire and died.
TPD says Harris was the primary instigator in the gunfight that led to Dees’ death. Harris’ three charges of attempted murder are for shooting at the group.
The two members in the group that fired shots, both 16 years old, are also being charged at this time. Their identities have not yet been released and they are both being held in juvenile detention.
Harris is being tried as an adult and is being held in the Tuscaloosa County Jail on a $230,000 bond.
Dees’ mother, Tomeka Hardy, spoke to CBS 42 about the loss of her son.
“I am just hurt, just hurt because my son didn’t deserve that,” Hardy said. “They are wrong for doing what they did, he didn’t deserve any of this. He was too kind to everybody if they had a problem with him all they had to do is talk to him.”
Hardy says her son had talked with her about going back to college to pursue a career as a mechanic. He was working at Dollar General in Tuscaloosa.
“He wanted to be a mechanic but he needed a job first so he got a job,” she said. “But he was talking to me about going to school at Shelton state and he was talking about going back to school.”
Hardy says she is planning funeral services for her son in Selma.
Anyone with information related to this active investigation is urged to contact law enforcement or Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama at (205) 254-7777.
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