Suspect arrested hours after 2 found shot in Prattville park

2 people shot inside Prattville park, suspect sought

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (WSFA) - The City of Prattville released a statement on behalf of Police Chief Mark Thompson Thursday afternoon confirming “all subjects are accounted for” in connection a shooting investigation at a city park.

When pressed several times for a specific number of subjects the City has accounted for, the city’s spokesperson declined to answer.

“We are now in the process of trying to decipher exactly what occurred in this situation,” Chief Thompson is quoted as saying.

What is clear is that two people were found shot and in serious condition Thursday morning at Newton Park, located off Memorial Drive.

Police put out an alert asking the public to be on the lookout for a third person, a possibly injured black male, wearing a black muscle shirt with gray or white trim, black or dark colored low hanging pants, and a white belt.

Police initially believed the suspect was injured when he fled, but WSFA 12 News has since learned that was not the case. The suspect was captured around 1:30 p.m. and is being questioned.

VIDEO: Scene of shooting at Prattville's Newton Park

It’s believed the incident started inside a vehicle. A dark-colored, late model Hyundai Sonata was the center of an investigation. It has since been towed from the area for further processing.

A state helicopter could also be seen in the area assisting in the search.

Meanwhile, a motive for the shootings remains unclear.

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Newton Park is considered the heart of Prattville and the oldest park in the city. Those who live nearby say they shudder at what could’ve been. The park is off busy Highway 14, surrounded by homes, baseball fields, tennis courts and a church.

Resident Charles Horne found all of this so shocking because of the location and the the time of the day it happened, around 10 a.m.

“I am not aware of any incident of ever occurring in this area so I am very, very surprised,” Horne said.

A wrecker eventually hauled away the car in question for further inspection. Horne, meantime, says he won’t let this change his walking routine but will be more vigilant starting with his next steps in the park.

“Very surprised. It’s not something that’s common in District 6..." said Prattville City Councilman Robert Strichik. "It’s very upsetting and disturbing. But fortunately, we have a police department that does a great job. Chief Thompson and his staff, they took care of it pretty quickly.”

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