One person in critical condition following overnight Decatur shooting, police say

WAFF 48's Claudia Peppenhorst reporting
Published: Sep. 3, 2023 at 10:26 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 4, 2023 at 7:09 AM CDT
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DECATUR, Ala. (WAFF) - A shooting in Decatur on Sunday night has left one person badly injured. The Decatur Morgan Hospital’s Parkway Medical Center was placed on lockdown following the shooting.

Decatur Police on the scene of a shooting at Cleveland Ave. & Bruce Street on Sunday, September...
Decatur Police on the scene of a shooting at Cleveland Ave. & Bruce Street on Sunday, September 3rd(WAFF)

Police said that at least one person was shot around 8:30 p.m. on Cleveland Avenue near Bruce Street. The victim’s identity has not been released, but we are told they are a male. They were taken to Huntsville Hospital in critical condition.

Police tell WAFF 48 News that they arrived at Decatur Morgan Hospital’s Parkway Medical Center with multiple gunshot wounds before being transferred. Officials with Decatur Morgan Hospital confirmed the lockdown was lifted shortly after 1 a.m. Monday morning.

No arrests have been made at this time.

“It’s very heartbreaking to see in a community that you love,” said Decatur City Councilman Hunter Pepper.

Pepper said he is worried about neighbors on this street and spent his Monday morning visiting the neighborhood to check on residents.

“I’ve made a bunch of house calls this morning, I spoke to a lot of individuals in the neighborhood and told them that everything is being worked out in the police department right now,” Pepper said. “I know this is a very scary situation, especially for the individuals that were in the general area when this occured and the people that live next door to where it occurred.

“They never want to be in this situation and it’s very frightening, very terrifying and very traumatic.”

Mary Sledge lives right next to where the shooting happened. It’s been her home for over 30 years. She said the gun shots vibrated her home.

At first she didn’t understand what was happening, but then reality set in.

“We heard this vibration of the house and I thought that maybe a car had run into the back of my bedroom,” Sledge said. “We’ve been really blessed with all of the tragedy that has happened and Decatur has been more or less spared but everyone get’s a turn and I thought ‘maybe this is it.”

When WAFF 48 News revisited the scene on Monday Morning a bullet casing was found in the street.

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