MPD: Chief provides new details into NYE mass shooting, says victim did not fire gun

Mobile police identified the victim as 24-year-old JaTarious Reives
Published: Jan. 3, 2023 at 2:28 PM CST
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MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Mobile Police release new information about what happened the night of a mass shooting.

Police Chief Paul Prine says the man killed, JaTarious Reives is one of three people that had a weapon on him that was recovered...but he didn’t fire it.

Prine says the shooting was gang-related.

“We have the deceased victim that’s truly the victim. We have the shooter that shot our victim, and then we have another individual that was associated with our victim who ended up shooting our shooter, and they ended up shooting each other,” Chief Prine said.

People in the community are still shaken up and remembering the horrific moment when the celebration turned deadly.

Ciara Wade says she witnessed the mass shooting play out right in front of her.

She and several other people ran and took cover from the inside of a business on Dauphin Street.

Wade says she saw disturbing images she’ll never forget.

“I couldn’t, I couldn’t breathe like my heart was racing my adrenaline was through the roof. I thought I was gone,” Wade said. “After I was able to finally calm down I looked outside and that’s when I first hand saw bodies across the street that were not moving.”

Both alleged shooters are recovering at a local hospital.

Prine says the man who started the shooting, will be charged with murder once he’s released.

We haven’t received any other updates on the other victims in the hospital.

Chief Prine says right now they won’t be releasing the name of the suspect.

Reives’s aunt Cynthia Crenshaw says they are devastated by the loss.

“Red always had a smile. He was always willing to help others. He joined the National Guard to get off the streets and to better his life. But his downfall was hanging with the wrong group of people. He was very smart and loved fixing computers, cars, games, and systems. His life was also wrapped around his music. He was headed in a new direction. Becoming a father for the first time had his chest stuck other. He was so proud of becoming a father. We will miss him and the positive energy that he carried,” Crenshaw said.

Crenshaw says this isn’t the first loss they have had to go through.

Back in September 32-year-old Derrick Shavers was shot and killed inside Bank Nightlife Club on Azalea Road.

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No arrest has been made in that case.


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