Police make an arrest in downtown Fairhope shooting

Published: Dec. 8, 2022 at 3:16 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 8, 2022 at 5:16 PM CST
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FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WALA) - Fairhope Police have made an arrest in a weekend shooting that injured one person. It happened in the early morning hours of Saturday, December 3, 2022 in an alleyway off Church Street. Investigators still don’t know why the shooting happened, but said it started with two men arguing inside a local night club and ended outside with one of them shot.

The arrest was made six days after Fairhope Police began investigating the shooting in the downtown entertainment district. Police arrested 37-year-old Rickey Bell of Fairhope on several charges, including assault 2nd and reckless endangerment. Investigators said Bell and the victim were inside The Little Whiskey and got into an altercation which ended outside in an adjacent alleyway.

Rickey Travoris Bell
Rickey Travoris Bell(Baldwin County Jail)

“There was some sort of altercation obviously, whether it be verbal or physical and then it moved outside, or they chose to take it outside and from there, you know, one person produced a firearm that we know of and at least two shots were fired,” said Lt. Shane Nolte with Fairhope Police.

The victim, who remains unidentified was hit once in the foot but did not go to the hospital. Police arrested Rickey Bell late Wednesday, December 7, 2022 on warrants and did several follow-up interviews with witnesses Thursday afternoon. So far, Bell is the only one charged in the case.

“There’s always that possibility, depending on what they find with those last few interviews and then, they sit down and discuss it,” Nolte explained. “None that I’ve been made aware of at this point but there is always that possibility that some information comes out that may lead to some more charges.”

Rickey Bell was booked into the Baldwin County Jail on charges of assault second, reckless endangerment and carrying a pistol unlawfully. He met the $6,500 bond later the same day and was released.


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