Court documents show 19-year-old woman shot to death during robbery in Tuscaloosa
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) - A deadly shooting on November 19 at Hay Court Apartments in Tuscaloosa happened during a robbery, court records show.
The victim, 19-year-old Shania Robinson, was found shot to death in the driver’s seat of her vehicle.
Deramus Harris Jr., 18, has been arrested in connection with the shooting death. Investigators say Harris is being charged with murder and second degree robbery, and is being held on bond for $180,000 in those two arrests. Investigators say Harris was arrested for felony murder and attempted murder in 2020, and is being held on no bond from those cases.
The robbery victim, 19-year-old Zykial Chaney, told authorities he had arranged to buy a weapon from Harris. Chaney said during the transaction Harris got his money, but then tried to forcefully regain possession of the weapon.
Chaney told investigators during the struggle for the weapon, a second backseat passenger, Jerrell Brown, helped Harris in trying to remove the weapon from him.
Chaney said he released the weapon with Brown and Harris still holding it and then heard a shot. Chaney said as the vehicle drove away, he saw the weapon thrown into the road from the backseat and the two backseat passengers run.
Harris and Brown were also identified by a witness who was also in the victims’ vehicle.
“This a sad situation, senseless killing over and over again that I’ve been talking about. We need people to come forward, we need to stop no snitching and come forward,” said Tuscaloosa Assistant Police Sebo Sanders. “This is somebody’s child that is dead, people have witnessed it and not come forward and give us information. Make our job harder for us, and make it harder for us to make this community safe.”
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