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Officials investigate shooting in Gulf Shores; suspect identified

Albert LaQuentin Smiley has been charged with murder in a shooting which left one man dead Monday, June 19 in Gulf Shores. Photo: GSPD Albert LaQuentin Smiley has been charged with murder in a shooting which left one man dead Monday, June 19 in Gulf Shores. Photo: GSPD
Investigators are on the scene of a shooting in Gulf Shores this morning. FOX10 News photo Investigators are on the scene of a shooting in Gulf Shores this morning. FOX10 News photo
GULF SHORES, AL (WALA) -

Gulf Shores Police are in the middle of a murder investigation after a man was shot and killed Monday morning, June 19, 2017 at a busy gas station.  Details are limited at this time, but police said the suspect was taken into custody just a short distance from the crime scene without incident. 

The shooting happened just after 8:00 a.m. at the Clark’s Exxon gas station at the corner of Highway 59 and County Road 4 near Craft Farms.  Police said the victim and the suspect got into an argument and the victim walked up to the suspect’s truck.  That’s when police said he was shot at least one time with a 12 gauge shotgun. 

It was one of the busiest times of day at the gas station when it happened.  What led to the fatal shooting isn’t yet clear, but police said there were many witnesses.  One of them followed the suspect as he drove away.

“I’m assuming a witness, some caller was updating us on the location of the shooter,” said Sgt. Jason Woodruff with Gulf Shores Police.  “They said he left here in a truck and drove north and pulled into a motel parking lot…got out and walked away.”

Police said while dispatch was on the line with the caller, the suspect called in and gave his location, at the Courtyard by Marriott near the Cobb movie theater.  Twenty six year-old Albert Laquentin Smiley of Daphne was arrested without incident.  Now investigators are trying to learn what led to the deadly confrontation.

“It sounds like it may have stemmed from some sort of argument.  I don’t know if that’s something that happened before today or right here, but that’s just the very, very basic info I have,” Woodruff said.

It took several hours for Gulf Shores Police along with the Baldwin County Major Crimes Unit to document all the evidence found at the crime scene and the suspect’s truck.  In a town where this kind of crime is rare, lots of folks stopped to ask what had happened and expressed shock that it would happen in Gulf Shores.

“You don’t expect this in Craft Farms.  That’s why we moved over here, for peace and quiet and this is probably the first murder that I’ve heard of in probably three, four, five years so it would be very, very uncommon to see this,” said Gulf Shores resident, Joseph Sapala.

“It’s such a small town so a lot of people from here are talking,” said Brittany Terry.  “It’s such a busy gas station so it’s just really unusual for something like that to happen here.”

The only information police have released about the victim is that he’s a 31 year-old man.  It appears, based on some markings on the suspect, Smiley’s truck that he works at a business based in Gulf Shores.  
 

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