Woman charged with shooting at ex-boyfriend near Alex City daycare

Woman charged with shooting at ex-boyfriend near Alex City daycare
The intended target, as well as 20 children playing nearby were not injured. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
The intended target, as well as 20 children playing nearby were not injured. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

ALEXANDER CITY, AL (WSFA) - There were some frightening moments Tuesday for an Alex City employee and around 20 babies at a nearby daycare after a shooting.

An arrest has been made in what could have become a tragic situation.

Alex City police say 26-year old Daneeka Michelle Thompson drove down Central Boulevard, straddled the yellow lines, looked to her left and fired a shot at a city employee on a riding lawnmower. The employee was her ex-boyfriend.

The shooting happened behind the Harbor Learning Academy playground Tuesday morning around 9:30.

"The victim saw his ex-girlfriend ride by twice, saw her arm out the door and shot at him," said Alex City Police Chief Deputy James Easterwood.

Investigators declined to identify the victim but said he wasn't shot. Thankfully, the children weren't hurt either.

There's still no word on the motive. Police found a shell casing near the curb.

"To our knowledge, she was by herself," said Easterwood.

The daycare has around 150 children. Twenty toddlers were outside during the shooting. A teacher heard what sounded like a backfire from the lawnmower but it turned out to be a single shot.

Thompson faces a charge of first-degree attempt to commit domestic violence.

Alex City investigators say they have no idea how close that bullet came to hitting the city employee on the lawnmower but they do know this; it was too close for comfort, especially when you consider the toddlers were just 50 yards away.

Daycare administrators declined to say anything on camera but did express 'sadness' over the apparent cavalier actions toward human life.

We're told the victim didn't finish the mowing but police say that's a small price to pay considering what could have been.

Detectives say Thompson could face additional charges if any of the parents of those children decided to file them.

Thompson posted her $40,000 bond Wednesday and has been released from the Tallapoosa County Jail.?

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