ECHS principal releases statement on shooting

Published 1:49 pm Saturday, May 18, 2019

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Escambia County High School Principal Dennis Fuqua released a statement today in response to the shooting that occurred early this morning at a community center on Martin Luther King Drive in Atmore.

“It’s always a great day to be a Blue Devil, but yesterday was a day of triumph and tragedy,” Fuqua said in a statement. “By day, our seniors experienced the high of obtaining $8.6 million in scholarships, and our varsity football team experienced their first win of the season.

“Yet, by night, we all felt the pangs of tragedy due to the acts of violence that have left several of our past and present students injured,” he said. “It is unfortunate that the event at the community center has tainted the success our seniors and football team felt, but we love our Blue Devil family and will continue to pray for wisdom and healing.”

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The Atmore Police Department is currently investigating the shooting, and those with information need to call 251-368-9141.