Shooting in West Jasper leaves 1 dead, 1 injured
by James Phillips
Jul 14, 2011 | 8706 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jasper police spent much of Wednesday processing evidence at this home on 13th Avenue West in Jasper. The home was the site of a double-shooting early Wednesday morning that left one man dead and another in critical condition. Photo by: James Phillips
Jasper police spent much of Wednesday processing evidence at this home on 13th Avenue West in Jasper. The home was the site of a double-shooting early Wednesday morning that left one man dead and another in critical condition. Photo by: James Phillips
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A double shooting in west Jasper early Wednesday morning left one man dead and another seriously injured.

Jasper Police Chief Connie Cooner Rowe said the shooting happened just after 3 a.m. Wednesday at a home on 13th Avenue West near R.J.’s convenience store. Police have not released the victim’s names, but Rowe said they were both young adults. One of the victims was pronounced dead at Walker Baptist Medical Center, while the other victim was airlifted to a Birmingham hospital and was listed in critical condition.

“This is an open investigation and I am limited as to what I can release at this time,” Rowe said.

Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair said the incident includes several crime scenes.

“We’ve found evidence at the home as well as two other areas,” he said. “From the evidence that we have recovered, the suspect or suspects in this case could face possible capital charges.”

Rowe said citizens of Jasper shouldn’t be overly concerned because police believe there is some sort of relationship or connection between the victims and any possible suspects. Adair said evidence concerning the motive in the crime has been collected but that information could not be released Wednesday.

“We can’t release that information at this time,” he said. “Within the next 48 hours or so, I would think we would have more to release.”

Rowe said members of JPD’s investigative division were running down leads all day Wednesday.

“We have people following up on leads in several directions,” she said. “Our folks have done a great job so far in this investigation, and I’m confident arrests will be made soon.”

Investigators with the DA’s office were also interviewing community members Wednesday, Adair said.

“Jasper police and guys from my office have been here on the scene as well as out in the community talking to people all day,” he said. “Our agencies are working together to gather as much information as possible.”

The murder is the first in Jasper this year.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact the Jasper Police Department at 205-221-2121 or the Walker County District Attorney’s Office at 205-384-7272