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Four dead after shooting at teenager's birthday in Alabama, 28 injured

It is unclear whether any suspect or suspects are in custody.

Published: April 16, 2023 6:09am

Updated: April 17, 2023 12:52pm

Four people, including two high school seniors, are dead and 28 others, including 15 teenagers, were injured in a mass shooting at a sweet-16 birthday party in Dadeville, Alabama, as police have not confirmed whether any suspect or suspects are in custody.

Tallapoosa County Coroner Mike Knox identified the deceased as Corbin Holston, 23, Philstavious Dowdell, 18, Marsiah Collins, 19, and Shaunkivia Smith, 17, according to local CBS affiliate WRBL

Law enforcement officials said 28 others were injured, some of whom are still in critical condition after the shooting Saturday evening.

One of the victims, Dowdell, was a Dadeville High School senior who received a football scholarship to attend Jacksonville State University in Alabama. The party was reportedly for Dowdell's sister. Dowdell's mother was shot twice and is recovering, according to the Montgomery Advertiser.

Smith was also a senior at Dadeville High School, and she planned on attending The University of Alabama this fall. 

It is unclear whether any suspect or suspects are in custody. The motive is also unclear.

Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Sgt. Jeremy Burkett said the person of interest no longer poses a threat to the community, but he did not identify a suspect.

The Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Office, which had officers responding to the scene, told Just the News that it could not comment on the ongoing investigation.

Responding law enforcement agencies also included the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency's State Bureau of Investigation and the Dadeville Police.

Investigators suspect an altercation led to the shooting, according to the local outlet.

Dadeville had a population of just under 3,000 in 2021, according to Census data

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