19-year-old man, juvenile charged in connection to 2-year-old boy, man killed in Tuscaloosa shooting

Bond set at $3 million.
Man killed, toddler seriously injured in shooting in Tuscaloosa
Published: Mar. 13, 2022 at 5:41 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 15, 2022 at 4:42 PM CDT
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) - UPDATE: Tuscaloosa Police are now looking for one person in connection to a 2-year-old boy and a man killed in Tuscaloosa shooting Sunday.

Monday night Tuscaloosa authorities confirmed a 19-year-old man was arrested and charged with two counts of Murder in the case.

Investigators say two people were shot while standing in the front yard. One victim was 25-year-old Marcus Winston Jr. The second victim was a 2-year-old boy. Both victims died from their injuries.

2-year-old boy killed in shooting.
2-year-old boy killed in shooting.(Source: Linda Jones)
2-year-old boy killed in shooting.
2-year-old boy killed in shooting.(Source: Linda Jones)

Witnesses reported a white car occupied by 3-4 people who shot at the victims as they drove by the residence.

Police said they were looking for three persons of interest in the case, and they have located them. A female is no longer considered a person of interest.

Captain Jack Kennedy with the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit said 19-year-old Tyrese Laquon Bell was charged with two counts of Murder, and a person under 18 years old was charged with Capital Murder. Bell’s bond, for the two counts, was set at $3 million. The suspect was walked to the Tuscaloosa County Jail Monday night in a paper suit. Kennedy said Bell’s clothes were collected as part of evidence in the investigation.

The second subject was taken into custody late Monday night. Officers said probable cause was found to charge the person with Capital Murder.

Court records show the juvenile suspect is accused of firing the fatal shots in this case. According to those records, Bell told authorities he was driving a car and the juvenile suspect shot and killed the two victims from the backseat.

Tyrese Laquon Bell
Tyrese Laquon Bell(Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit)
Suspect charged with 2 counts of murder in shooting deaths of Tuscaloosa toddler, man

According to court records, Tyrese Bell pleaded guilty in November 2021 to three counts of shooting into an occupied vehicle and building.

Court records say Bell, along with three other people, shot from their car into an unoccupied vehicle and also hit a nearby apartment.

Bell led police on a chase and wrecked his car before being arrested, according to court documents.

Bell was sentenced to 10 months in jail in November 2021, but was immediately given probation because of time he’d already served before pleading guilty.

VCU: 19 year old charged in deadly shootings of 2-year-old boy, 25-year-old man

Anyone who witnessed this shooting, or has any information on the whereabouts on persons of interest is urged to contact the Violent Crimes Unit immediately at 205-464-8690, or the Tuscaloosa Police Department at 205-349-2121.

2-year-old boy killed in Tuscaloosa drive-by shooting.
2-year-old boy killed in Tuscaloosa drive-by shooting.(Source: Linda Jones)

ORIGINAL: Authorities with the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit say a man was killed and a two-year-old was seriously injured in a shooting on March 13 around 4:30 p.m.

Authorities say this happened in the 3000 block of 19th Street. So far, no word on what led up to this shooting. Tuscaloosa Police Chief Brent Blankley said when officers got to the scene that a black man in his twenties was found dead, and that a two-year-old was suffering from a gunshot wound. The toddler was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox issued this statement on social media regarding the shooting:

We will continue to update this story as we learn more information.


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