One dead, eight shot in Alabama graduation party shooting


Police in the tiny community of Atmore, Alabama are in shock after a high school graduation party left one person dead and eight others injured early Saturday morning.

Atmore Police Chief Chuck Brooks says a high school graduation party fueled by alcohol spiraled out of control early Saturday morning.  The shooting happened at the old Escambia County Middle School.

Brooks says the initially they were called to the old school, that’s now used as a community center, for gunshots being heard in the area at 2 a.m. Saturday morning.  He says when officers arrived it was chaos with more than 300 people running around. 

Brooks tells WRKG it started with two women fighting and then more people jumped in and began firing guns. A man was found dead in the cafeteria, eight others were taken to Atmore Community Hospital for treatment.  One of the eight injured was flown by medical helicopter to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Florida for treatment of more serious injuries.  

Brooks says they have made no arrests at this time but they believe they know who they are looking for and do not believe there is a general danger to the public. The chief says the invitation to this party spread fast on social media and vowed something like this won’t happen again.  

Artmore, a small community of just over 10,000 people is located north of the Florida panhandle, about 50 miles from Pensacola. 

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