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4 killed, 28 injured in shooting at 16th birthday party in Alabama

Most of the victims were teenagers, and a star high school athlete was among those killed.
Posted at 10:30 AM, Apr 16, 2023

At least four people are dead in a small Alabama community after a mass shooting at a 16th birthday party.

Local media outlets are reporting as many as 28 others were injured, citing local law enforcement. The incident occurred in Dadeville, about an hour northeast of Montgomery. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency says it happened in the downtown area around 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

The chaplain for the local police department and the local high school football team said most of the victims were teenagers, and a star athlete was among those killed.

High school senior Phil Dowdell was celebrating his sister's birthday at a dance studio when he was killed, according to the Montgomery Advertiser. He was weeks away from graduating and set to play football at Jacksonville State on scholarship. 

Dowdell's mother was among those injured after suffering two gunshot wounds, the Montgomery Advertiser said. Others remain hospitalized in critical condition.

There is still no word on what led to the shooting or if a suspect is in custody. 

"This is gonna be a long, complicated process. We're going to continue to work in a very methodical way to go through this scene, to look at the facts, and ensure that justice is brought to bear for the families," said Sgt. Jeremy Burkett with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

President Joe Biden has been briefed on the shooting and the White House says it is in touch with local law enforcement and is closely monitoring the situation.