Search underway for second suspect in fatal shooting during Tuscaloosa birthday party

Search underway for second suspect in fatal shooting during Tuscaloosa birthday party
Source: Kelvin Reynolds/WBRC
Source: Kelvin Reynolds/WBRC
Markee Antwon Lee was fatally shot at the intersection of Hargrove Road and 11th Avenue. Source: Terri Brewer/WBRC
Markee Antwon Lee was fatally shot at the intersection of Hargrove Road and 11th Avenue. Source: Terri Brewer/WBRC
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Captain Gary Hood with the Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide Unit spoke about the investigation into Lee's death and a connected shooting on Monday. Source: Kelvin Reynolds/WBRC
Captain Gary Hood with the Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide Unit spoke about the investigation into Lee's death and a connected shooting on Monday. Source: Kelvin Reynolds/WBRC

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - A man was shot and killed early Monday morning in Tuscaloosa after attending a birthday party with more than 40 people, according to homicide investigators.

Markees Antwon Lee, 27, was shot outside an apartment at the intersection of Hargrove Road and 11th Avenue after a fight started during a birthday party around 1:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 11.

Lee was transported to DCH Hospital, where he was pronounced dead hours later, according to a news release from the Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit.

Investigators are now searching for a second suspect, Brandon Jerron Elliott, 24. He is described as a black male, 5' 5" and 145 pounds. His last known address is 4th Place East in Tuscaloosa. Investigators urge you to call 205-464-8690 if you see Elliott or know where he is. Authorities consider him armed and dangerous and that he may still be in the Tuscaloosa area.

Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide Unit investigators have arrested and charged one man in the case, Deshawn Lamarcus Holliday, 21, with capital murder. According to investigators, Holliday turned himself in to the homicide unit after they talked with his mother and convinced her it was the right thing to do. He is being held on no bond.

"We spoke to Mr. Holliday's mom and explained the situation to her. We spoke to her and I believe she knows as well, it was in his best interest to come in and talk to investigators," Capt. Gary Hood said.

Hood believes a shooting that happened shortly afterwards at Forrester Garden Apartments was in retaliation for Lee's shooting and death. When officers responded to the Forrester Garden Apartments, they found an apartment and a vehicle that had been shot into several times.

Several small children were inside the apartment at the time of the shooting, but no one was seriously injured. Police said one person had a small cut to the arm, but it's unclear what caused that injury.

"Plenty of children live over here. It could have been one of us. You know what I'm saying, just from being outside. And this stuff just needs to stop. 'Cause it don't make no sense," Claudia Key, who knows the victim's family, said.

"This highway here, it's a high traffic area, with a lot of pedestrians. So, I wouldn't imagine it to happen here, but it can happen anywhere," Reginal Mickens, who owns a nearby daycare, said.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide Unit at 205-464-8690 or leave an anonymous tip by calling 205-752-7867.

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