Tuscaloosa PD: Search for suspect, 15-year-old girl shot outside University Mall was innocent bystander

Suspect in Tuscaloosa mall shooting identified

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) - UPDATE: Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes investigators are looking for a man they say was one of the shooters involved in the shooting outside University Mall Saturday night.

19 year-old Lamarcus Daequan Jones of Tuscaloosa is wanted on on attempted murder and first degree assault charges. Anyone with information of his whereabouts should call CrimeStoppers at 205-752-STOP (7867) or TPD at 205-349-2121 or 205-464-8690.

Lamarcus Daequan Jones
Lamarcus Daequan Jones (Source: Tuscaloosa Police Department)

Investigators say witnesses told them at least three people were armed during the shooting.

Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit confirmed Monday the 15-year-old girl shot outside University Mall Saturday was just an innocent bystander.

A 24-year-old man was also shot outside the mall. Investigators say the man was involved.

Both of the victims are in stable condition at the hospital.

Capt. Marty Sellers with the Tuscaloosa Violent Crime Unit said an argument inside the mall led to a shooting outside near an entrance around 5:14pm.

“You know it’s really something we’re all upset about. We as a community, we work together, and I feel when we work together we’re going to solve this problem,” Sellers said.

VCU investigators pulled surveillance footage from the side of the mall near the men’s Belk store and need assistance identifying one man who is a person of interest.

Investigators want to question the man.

Person of interest sought for questioning
Person of interest sought for questioning (Source: VCU/TPD)

Anyone who can identify the man in the photo is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 205-752-STOP (7867) or TPD at 205-349-2121 or 205-464-8690.

ORIGINAL: Two people were injured after a shooting outside of University Mall Saturday afternoon, according to the Tuscaloosa Police Department.

Officers responded to the scene around 5:14 pm. When police arrived one of the victims had already been transported to DCH Medical Center and the other victim was still at the scene.

Two people have been wounded by gunfire outside University Mall. Officers were called to to the parking lot on the...

Posted by Tuscaloosa Police Department on Saturday, July 11, 2020

At 5:45 Police reported that it was safe for shoppers to leave the mall.

During a news conference Mayor Walt Maddox urged the community to take a stand against the violence.

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Posted by WBRC FOX6 News on Saturday, July 11, 2020

The shooting comes less than two weeks after an 8-year-old was shot and killed inside the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, Al.

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