Teen killed in Tuscaloosa club shooting
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - Police are looking for the person who fatally shot an 18-year old in the back at a club in Tuscaloosa. The teenager, identified as Labarron Rice, later died at the hospital.
Investigators were called to the scene of the shooting around 2 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 30.
Authorities don't know if the bullet that killed Rice was meant for him or someone leaving The Secret with him, but they don't think it was random.
"We know the shooting two weeks ago at the Mapco involved some of the same people we're looking at in this case," Captain Loyd Baker with the Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide Unit said.
In the Mapco shooting, at least 20 shots were fired as two men exchanged gun fire in the parking lot. One person, a 26-year-old man, was injured in that shooting. The other shooter is claiming self defense, but no one has been arrested. A grand jury will decide if anyone will be charged.
About an hour after the shooting at The Secret, Taaliddin Muttaka awoke to someone shooting up his neighbor's home.
"They may have fired 40 or 50 rounds," he tells Fox6 News.
The home is on 18th Street about two miles from The Secret club. A man who answered the door said after his relatives returned from The Secret Sunday morning, someone shot 38 bullets into the house.
"They were there shooting for a long period of time," Muttake said.
Five people were home at the time but no one was injured.
Muttake added, "I was very fearful with such a barrage of bullets going through that window in that particular area I know everybody in there was dead. Thank God it was a miracle no one was injured in that home."
Investigators hope to stop the violence if witnesses come forward.
"Some people assume that we have what we need to make a case. We have good info. We just need witnesses who actually saw what happened to come forward," Captain Baker added.
Investigators were reluctant to call the groups gangs.
In light of the shootings, officers in sheriff's and police departments will increase patrols in the areas where these two groups frequent.
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