Dadeville Party Massacre Leaves Four Victims Dead In Alabama Shooting - Suspect Still At Large
Dadeville, Alabama – On Saturday night, a birthday party turned into a bloodbath as gunfire erupted and claimed the lives of four people in Dadeville, Alabama. The Dadeville party massacre leaves four victims dead in Alabama shooting.
A Sweet 16 birthday party in Dadeville, Alabama, turned into a tragic event as a mass shooting left four people dead and 28 injured, including 15 teenagers.
The victims have been identified as 17-year-old female Shaunkivia (KeKe) Nicole Smith, 18-year-old male Philstavious Dowdell, 19-year-old male Marsiah Emmanuel Collins, and 23-year-old male Corbin Dahmontrey Holston.
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The celebration took place at the Mahogany Masterpiece Dance Studio, where Dowdell’s younger sister was having her party. One of the victims, Philstavious Dowdell, was a football talent committed to playing for Jacksonville State University, and coach Rich Rodriguez paid tribute to him, stating that “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family… and the other victims of the senseless tragedy last night.”
One of the survivors, Taniya Cox, an 18-year-old who was shot twice in her right arm as she fled the party, attended a vigil the next day wearing her hospital gown. Cox witnessed the tragedy unfold and even saw more than one gunman.
I saw a group of girls dancing, and that’s when the gunshots went off.- Taniya Cox, One of the Survivors
Meanwhile, the Dadeville mayor, Jimmy “Frank” Goodman, expressed concern for the community and the lack of information regarding the shooting, including the suspect or the motive behind the attack.
“The community probably wants to make sure there’s no one around here that’s going to keep doing this…Their minds want to be settled that it wasn’t someone from here, or even from the next town.”
He stated that Dadeville would recover from the tragedy, but it would require prayer and the community coming together to help each other.
President Joe Biden was briefed on the shooting and expressed outrage and sadness for the event.
What has our nation come to when children cannot attend a birthday party without fear? When parents have to worry every time their kids walk out the door to school, to the movie theater, or to the park?- President Joe Biden
He called for Congress to take action to regulate firearms, including requiring safe storage of firearms, implementing background checks for all gun sales, eliminating gun manufacturers’ immunity from liability, and banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
Little information about the shooting has been released, with a grisly photo showing six people lying on the ground inside the dance studio that emerged after the shooting, according to the broadcaster.
The first responders reported that an argument inside the party led to the shooting, and there were more than 50 people present when the violence broke out. The ALEA’s State Bureau of Investigations, the Dadeville Police Department, and the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Office are actively investigating the incident.
Raymond C Porter, the school district superintendent for Tallapoosa County, announced that local institutions would offer counseling to students in response to the deadly violence.
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The tragic incident highlights the issue of gun violence in America, with President Biden expressing concern that guns are the leading killer of children in America, and the numbers are rising, not declining. The government's call for more regulation on firearms is understandable, given the current statistics.
In Alabama, there were 20,176 firearm-related deaths from 2016 to 2020, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rate of firearm deaths in Alabama is 19.1 per 100,000, with a national rate of 11.9.
The statistics highlight the need for lawmakers to address gun violence and establish stricter policies to protect the lives of innocent individuals.
The Dadeville party massacre has left a community in shock and mourning. As investigators continue to search for the assailant, the tragedy has sparked a larger conversation about gun violence in the United States.
It is a conversation that has been ongoing for years, with no clear solution in sight. The shooting is a reminder that the issue of gun violence is one that must be addressed and that we must work together to find a way to prevent such tragedies from happening again.