One man was shot dead Monday afternoon in an east Dothan neighborhood, leading to several tense moments in the response by Dothan Police when it was initially believed the shooting suspect was holed up in a residence.
It was later learned the suspect was not in the home. Later Monday, Dothan Police Chief Steve Parrish said a person was at the police department but it had not been determined whether the person was a suspect.
“We have a lot to sort through,” Parrish said Monday evening.
The shooting occurred around 2:40 p.m. Monday near the intersection of Sixth Avenue and East Selma Street, not far from Grandview Elementary School and Wiregrass Park. When police and emergency personnel arrived, a male victim appeared to be suffering from at least one gunshot wound and possibly more. He was transported by ambulance to Southeast Alabama Medical Center and later pronounced dead. He has not been identified.
Meanwhile, witnesses indicated to police that the shooter may be inside a Sixth Avenue residence. Police surrounded the residence for several minutes with guns drawn. At least one person emerged from the residence and was initially detained but police do not believe he was the suspect. It appears the suspect fled on foot immediately after the shooting.
Police cordoned off several nearby streets in an attempt to establish a perimeter.
"We really don't have a motive at this point. We just have one individual that has been killed and we are treating it as a homicide," Parrish said earlier Monday less than an hour after the shooting.
Police K-9 units were deployed and what appeared to be a police-controlled drone could be seen overhead near the crime scene.
Parrish said Wiregrass Park was initially placed on lockdown as a precaution. School is not in session at Grandview.
Anyone with information about the shooting can call Dothan Police at 334-615-3000 or Crimestoppers at 334-793-7000.