TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE (07/14) – The Tuscaloosa Police Department held a press conference with updates in the mall shooting that left two people injured over the weekend. Police say the suspect is still on the loose and is considered armed and dangerous.
According to TPD, the suspect is 19-year-old Lamarcus Daequan Jones and is a Tuscaloosa resident. Police have issued a warrant for his arrest for attempted murder and first degree assault.
Police say witnesses told them that at least three people were armed in the shooting. Authorities do not have details on the others who were armed in the shooting incident but they are actively searching for Jones.
The investigation is ongoing. Police ask that if anyone knows the whereabouts of 19-year-old Lamarcus Daequan Jones to contact TPD at 205-349-2121 or 205-464-8690.
UPDATE (7/13): The Tuscaloosa Police Department has announced a person of interest in the shooting outside of University Mall Saturday evening that injured two people.
The shooting occurred just before 5:15 p.m. near the men’s Belk store after an alleged altercation. TPD says a 24-year-old who was involved in the incident was shot as well as a 15-year-old who was an innocent bystander.
City Council member Kip Tyner is calling the shooting evil and wants whoever pulled the trigger to be brought to justice.
“This is something that is just evil, and it’s just criminal that a 15-year-old can’t go shopping. And now she is in Children’s Hospital with fractured ribs and a bullet lodged in her liver with bruised lungs and a chest tube,” Tyner said.
TPD released a photo of the suspect and is asking the public to help identify them. If you have any information regarding the suspect or the shooting, contact TPD at 205-349-2121 or 205-464-8690.
ORIGINAL (7/11): Two people have been wounded by gunfire outside University Mall, Tuscaloosa Police reports.
Officers were called to the parking lot on the eastern side of the mall at 5:14 p.m., police said. One victim had already been transported to DCH Medical Center in a private vehicle and another was still at the scene.
In another tweet, the police department reported it’s ok for shoppers to leave the stores.
Tuscaloosa Police are investigating. Check back for more updates.
This incident comes eight days after an 8-year-old died and three others were injured in a shooting at the Riverchase Galleria mall in Hoover.