3 held, more sought in Pike Road-area gas station ‘gunfight’
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ala. (WSFA) - Montgomery County Chief Deputy Kevin Murphy says deputies have taken three people into custody and are searching for at least one more following a “gunfight” Tuesday afternoon at a busy gas station. No charges have been filed at this point.
Murphy said at least two people were injured in the parking lot of at the Circle K gas station on U.S. Highway 80 in east Montgomery County, near the I-85 exit to Waugh/Pike Road.
“There’s evidence of quite a bit of gunfire, shell casings in the parking lot,” Murphy said, “and we have been able to look at video evidence that clearly shows what happened. It was a gunfight between some individuals.”
Details were still developing, but Murphy said first responders found one person on the scene who had been shot. Murphy later said that person is suspected to have been involved in the gunfire.
“As you can see, this is a very busy location. It’s near rush hour, and so there’s a lot of people out here, people exchanging gunfire, and obviously we have an innocent citizen, an innocent bystander that was struck,” Murphy explained. “It’s a very dangerous set of circumstances.”
That bystander was an unnamed woman whom Murphy said discovered she had been shot as she was walking into the store. She drove herself to a Montgomery hospital for treatment. The severity of her injuries was not immediately known.
Murphy said it wasn’t going to be difficult to identify those involved. In addition to the security video, one of the suspect vehicles was left in the parking lot as they fled.
Murphy said the shooting appears to have been contained to the parking lot with no injuries to those who were inside the store at the time.
“I want to see these individuals held accountable, and I know the citizens do too.” Murphy explained. “I mean, they’re opening fire in a crowded parking lot, on a major thoroughfare with hundreds of people driving by in any given hour. That’s unacceptable. I know that the good people of this county are frustrated and they want these individuals held accountable too.
A number of law enforcement officers are on the scene, which has since been roped off with crime scene tape. A motive was not immediately clear.
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