Bay Minette Police are investigating two shootings that happened within the past three days, leaving 4 people hurt. Police say the incidents are separate, and one of them even involved a hit and run.
This sudden spike in violence in Bay Minette is a cause for concern for residents. Some wondering if there is a connection between these two crimes.
Bay Minette Police Chief Al Tolbert says its just a coincidence that these two crimes happened within just a few days.
This kind of thing doesn't happen often in Bay Minette, and now it has some of the residents worried.
“It's pathetic. I don’t understand it. It's disheartening that’s all I can say,” said Rickey Josey.
“Oh. It's pretty terrible,” added Dewitt Thompson
“It’s really sad,” explained Anna Thompson.
The violence has many people concerned. Especially the elderly.
“What in the world is going on people is going totally nuts, gone berserk,” said Josey.
Dewitt and Anna Thompson have lived the area for more than 70 years. They say the shootings are causing unwanted fear among neighbors.
“I never seen it like it is today,” said Dewitt.
“I don’t like it. I have concerns for us. My husband and I because we’re elderly and kind of live out in the country surrounded by woods," explained Anna.
Investigators say two people were injured near V & B food mart Saturday night. Police arrested 22-year-old Nathaniel Johnson for shooting a man in the wrist that night. Another man was run over by a White SUV, police are still looking for the driver. Police are not releasing the names of the two victims for safety.
Then last night, Police say Anthony Williams and Latasha Mims were shot in an unrelated shooting on East Hickory Street. Police believe they know who is responsible for the shootings.
Police Chief Al Tolbert says the two crimes are not related but investigators are still working to find out more. In the meantime, residents just want the violence to stop.
“Like I was telling my wife this morning, this is getting out of control. This is getting out of hand. She said ‘its even happening here in Bay Minette.' "
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