Murder suspect had warrant out for arrest in Colbert Co. prior to Guntersville Taco Bell shooting

Published: Sep. 23, 2021 at 9:00 PM CDT
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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Two people were shot and killed at a Taco Bell in Guntersville on Thursday night.

According to Guntersville Police, the two individuals were shot at the Taco Bell located on Gunter Avenue/Highway 431.

WAFF is told the shooting stemmed from an argument, which resulted in one person shooting the two victims. Guntersville police chief says the suspect is a male and is in custody.

Court documents show Williams was pulled over by police due to improper lane usage on May 8. During the stop, deputies found marijuana. He was later charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Williams was scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 9, but court documents show he did not appear. A warrant was then issued for Williams’ arrest.

The shooter was injured and taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

According to our news partners at the Advertiser-Gleam, a number of agencies were on the scene to assist Guntersville investigators.

2 killed in shooting at Taco Bell in Guntersville
2 killed in shooting at Taco Bell in Guntersville

Guntersville Police identified the two victims shot and killed in the shooting as 19-year-old Elias Gaspar Escobar Lopez, of Boaz, and a 17-year-old male whose name could not be released.

Police identified the suspect as 23-year-old Kenov Williams, of Grayson, GA. Williams has been charged with the murder of two or more people. He is being held without bond.

Statement from Taco Bell on Thursday night’s shooting:

“We are saddened to hear that this happened and we’re grateful that there were no team members or guests involved. We understand that our franchisee who owns and operates this location is working with the local authorities in their investigation and has offered counseling services to all team members present. Our thoughts are with the victims’ families during this difficult time.” – Taco Bell Corp.

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