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Hollow Rd. shooting marks Huntsville 7th homicide of 2014

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This house has been the location of two shootings in two months. This house has been the location of two shootings in two months.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

One house on Hollow Road in Huntsville is the scene of two shootings in two months, one of them fatal. However, Police said it's not the same victim, and the cases are not connected.

"The incident that occurred last night is not related to the previous incident that occurred there," said Huntsville Chief of Police Lewis Morris. "The victim in January is actually the resident of the house, so that person was there last night, but they are not involved in it."

The first shooting happened January 5 when an unidentified man was shot in the arm. His injuries were not life-threatening and no arrests were made in the case.

The second shooting happened Thursday, just minutes before midnight when 19-year-old Delawrence Thomas was shot in the head and later died at the hospital. Hours later, 17-year-old Brandon Moore was charged with his murder, and is the 7th homicide of the year.

"When people engage in activity that is dangerous, or not safe, or reckless, there are generally consequences," Morris continued. "Sometimes those consequences can result in the death of another person."

Police said that Moore and Thomas knew each other well, and other people were inside the house at the time of the shooting. Police K-9 units searched the neighborhood for the gunman, but didn't find him until hours later.

A bullet hole is clearly visible in the front window at the home on Hollow Road. Spray paint marks the evidence found in the driveway. Police said it was not a random event and that there is no need for concern.

Police would not say if the shooting was drug or gang related, but they did say it was a case of someone being in the wrong place at the wrong time. A department spokesperson said there is always concern on the part of the police whenever there is a homicide, but the number is of no particular consequence; each is a priority. It is the act they are concerned with investigating and prosecuting.

"Unfortunately we have had seven homicides," said Morris. "We had 25 last year. That's up from what we had in 2012. The first six months of last year we had 12 homicides. We appear to be on that same track. We do everything we can to prevent homicides." Morris also continued to say that they made arrests in six of the seven homicides, and charged three of the suspects with Capital Murder.

Chief Morris said that they are currently working on some preventative measures.

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