Deputies seek info on shooters

Published 5:00 am Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Three separate shooting incidents over the course of two days has left three Atmore young people injured and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Department in search of the gunmen.

Chief Deputy Mike Lambert said the first shooting occurred early Sunday afternoon on Montgomery Street, but resulted in no injuries. Later Sunday night, at approximately 10:25 p.m., Lambert said deputies responded to call of shots being fired at 303 Old Ship Circle.

“When deputies got to the scene they found two vehicles and a mobile home with several bullet holes in them from multiple weapons,” Lambert said. “At that point the victims were already at the hospital being treated for non-life threatening injuries.”

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Injured in the shooting were Demarcus Johnson, 22, who was shot in the left side; Shareal Johnson, 29, wounded in the left hand; Katral James, 22, who was not wounded by gun fire; a 17-year-old juvenile, who was hit in the collarbone.

“The victims said they were all at a residence when shots were fired at them from a wooded area,” Lambert said. “They were unable to identify the shooters but said they felt the shooting was the result of an altercation from earlier in the evening.”

The shooting incidents continued Monday when officers with the Atmore Police Department responded to a “shots fired call” around 9: 30 p.m. at the corner of Fourth Street and Carver Avenue, Atmore Police Chief Jason Dean said.

No one was injured in the incident, but Dean said APD would be on high alert in the coming days in order to avoid future shootings.

“We’re most definitely going to load up the shifts to try and curtail some of this stuff,” Dean said.

Sheriff Grover Smith said the Sheriff’s Department would also be adding an extra presence to the area.

“Everything seems to be retribution for something else,” Smith said. “We’re going to be putting everybody we can spare to put down there to try and squelch that.”

Smith said at least five extra deputies would be added to patrols in the area.

“We were very fortunate that no one was killed, Lambert said. “But this kind of activity will not be tolerated. People in that area will definitely be noticing an increase in patrols in those areas in the days to come.”

The case remains under investigation by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Department, but Lambert said he expects a quick resolution.

“We have some possible suspects and we anticipate arrests in the near future,” he said.