Dollar General customers, kids flee as shots rip through building

Dothan Dollar General shooting suspect in custody

DOTHAN, Ala. (WSFA) - The Dothan Police Department has released video of a shooting at the West Selma Street Dollar General. The evidence release comes after the arrest of a suspect.

Howard Tremaine Grant, 24, of Dothan, was arrested after allegedly firing five shots into the business. One of the bullets hit 21-year-old Dontez Thomas in the back, causing non-life-threatening injuries. Thomas has since been released from the hospital.

Grant is now charged with attempted murder, criminal mischief, and shooting into an occupied building.

Howard Tremaine Grant is charged with attempted murder, criminal mischief, and shooting into an occupied building
Howard Tremaine Grant is charged with attempted murder, criminal mischief, and shooting into an occupied building (Source: Dothan Police Department)

Police say the two had been involved in an ongoing feud and were arguing in the parking lot before the shooting Thursday afternoon.

In new surveillance videos from Dothan police, released to WSFA 12 News, Thomas can be seen walking toward the door, then bolting through it as bullets shatter the glass door and windows.

From another angle, you can see shoppers - including children - standing in the front entrance of the store before the shooting. They scatter to find safety as the bullets fly into the building.

“There were several people inside the building, employees, people who were shopping inside the building, people in the parking lot who all witnessed this crime," said Lt. Lynn Watkins. "It could have been any number of people who were hit. Children in the store, so yeah it’s a little worse than just your average shooting.”

Despite the shots being fired toward multiple people, only Thomas was injured.

After reviewing security footage from the store’s cameras they were able to identify Grant. Video, as well as witnesses, showed Grant getting into a white vehicle and fleeing. That sedan was later stopped by Eufaula police and Grant was returned to Dothan where charges were filed.

Police say Grant has no bond at the time because of the boldness of the crime.

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