An apparent graduation party reportedly turned deadly this weekend in Alabama when two women opened fire, leaving one victim dead and several others injured.
According to a statement from Atmore Police Chief Chuck Brooks, the violence erupted early Saturday morning at a local community center. Reports indicate hundreds of celebrants packed the old Escambia County Middle School in Atmore after news of the bash spread online.
The party was described by officials as an off-campus celebration by members of a local high school’s graduating class, USA Today reported.
Two of those attendees allegedly began shooting at about 2 a.m., resulting in the death of one man found in the cafeteria.
Of as many as eight other casualties, early updates indicated all were initially transported to Atmore Community Hospital. The police chief said one was subsequently transported via air ambulance to Sacred Heart Hospital, as reported by WWLP.
Brooks said more than 300 individuals were running around the scene upon the arrival of police.
As witnesses reportedly told officers, the two female subjects engaged in a fight, which led to gunfire. Brooks said alcohol appears to have been a factor in the violent escalation.
Police were on the hunt for the two individuals and had not made any arrests as of the latest reports available.
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