MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) -- Dramatic cell phone video shows the moments chaos erupted in Downtown Mobile, as two people were shot, including a 7-year-old girl.
Dozens of customers at El Papi restaurant can be seen getting under tables as multiple shots were fired around 9 p.m. Saturday night near Dearborn and Dauphin streets.
“First there was one shot and then a short pause and then there was like multiple shots afterwards,” said Jose Cabrera, a witness to the shooting. “Starting running after that.”
“At first I think most people thought it was fireworks,” said David Jones, another witness.
Mobile Police made an arrest overnight in the case. Seventeen-year-old Isiah Carl was booked into Metro Jail around 3 a.m. Sunday morning, and then Sunday afternoon 17-year-old Tykendrick Barnett was also arrested.
Both teens are facing multiple charges including two counts of assault.
“Seven years old, 70 years old, we don't want anybody getting hurt,” said MPD Cpl. LaDerrick DuBose. “Especially in this manner where you have somebody using a stolen gun to commit the act.”
Two people were hurt in the shooting. A 7-year-old girl was hit in the leg. We are also told a second victim, a 17-year-old, was grazed by a bullet.
“I was excited to come here and everything, this kind of puts a damper on it,” said Cheryl Brown, who is visiting from Texas.
The sound of gunfire echoed through the streets of Downtown Mobile Saturday night as visitors to the Port City wonder if they should come back.
“It's a shame that you can't go inside a restaurant and have a decent meal and come out to get in to your car to drive off that it has been in a shootout,” said Tambi Arnold, who had her car shot at.
Mobile Police said both 17-year-olds involved will be charged as adults in this case.
As for safety downtown, MPD said it will continue to make its presence known through Fat Tuesday to keep those attending the parades safe.