Man charged with murder in Blair Street shooting in Florence

Man charged with murder in Blair Street shooting in Florence

FLORENCE, Ala. (WAFF) - One person is dead following a shooting in Florence just after 10:00 a.m. Wednesday.

Florence Police say the incident happened in the 100 block of Blair Street.

When they arrived on the scene, police found the victim, 63-year-old Willie Oneal Hollis of Sheffield on the sidewalk, suffering from a gunshot wound.

Florence Fire Department and Shoals Ambulance were called to the scene to start medical treatment, but Hollis died en route to the hospital.

After investigation, police arrested and took 69-year-old William Louis Butler of Florence into custody.

Police have not disclosed Butler’s motive or the events that transpired before the shooting.

Authorities say they are finished collecting evidence from the scene, but they are still speaking with witnesses in the area.

The evidence that was collected will be sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Science for testing and processing.

If you have information or details that can assist this investigation please contact Detective Michael Price at (256) 760-6504 or text a tip to 274637 using the keyword “FPDTIP,” plus the message.

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