BY MAJOR MIKE REYNOLDS
This morning at approximately midnight, officers of the Valley Police Department were called to the area of 300 Boulevard (Fairfax Kindergarten) in reference to shots being fired and multiple injuries. On arrival officers found two victims, a 24 year old male from Lanett and an 18 year old male from Lanett, in a vehicle in the parking lot with gunshot wounds. Officers were directed to a third victim, an 18 year old male from Lanett, who was inside the building. Four addition victims had been taken to EAMC-Lanier by private vehicle. They are an 18 year old male from Lanett, a 19 year old male from Valley, a 15 year old male from Lafayette, and an 18 year old male from Lanett. Two of the victims were flown out by Lifeflight. One to Columbus and one to Atlanta.
Once the scene was secured detectives began processing the physical evidence as well as identifying and interviewing witnesses. Based on preliminary investigation there was some type of party being held at the Fairfax Kindergarten when an argument broke out between some men present. They went into the parking lot where at least one of the men pulled out a gun and started shooting. The argument appeared to have been over something that had happened at the Lanett/Lafayette football game this past Friday. Even though a majority of the victims and witnesses were uncooperative, a suspect has been named.
At this point the conditions of the victims are unknown. A follow up release will be made when more information is available.
We would like to thank the Lanett Police Department, the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office, the East Alabama Fire/Ems, and the Lanett Fire/Ems for their assistance in this case.
Maj. Mike Reynolds
NOTE: The AL BUGLE wants to thank Major Mike Reynolds and Chief Tommy Weldon for their quick response and release of the information on this incident. Having worked on the story all night, I was receiving a lot of questions that only they could answer. Also, thank you for the informant who made me aware of the situation at around 1 AM. By RICKY PRICE