UPDATE: A Foley man is out of jail after being arrested and charged with manslaughter in the death of his friend Chance Marks over the weekend. Tommy Bowyer, 21, turned himself in to authorities Tuesday morning and was released on a $50,000 bond a few hours later.
Friday night, near the end of George Yonce Road in Foley, several friends had gathered for a bonfire and a party. By all accounts, everyone was having a good time and then investigators say Bowyer pulled out a 9 mm handgun.
“At some point, the suspect, in this case, Mr. Bowyer, produced a handgun. It was his handgun and fired it a couple of times in the air and from there, at some point, he fired it again and that is when it struck the victim in the chest,” says Capt. Clint Cadenhead with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office.
When investigators arrived, Foley Police officers were already trying to save his life but he did not survive.
Investigators say Bowyer and Marks grew up together, went to school together, “They are both friends. There was no kind of fight or anything like that,” says Cadenhead.
Bowyer now faces manslaughter charges.
“The reckless nature of him firing that weapon at that time is again why he was charged with manslaughter,” says Cadenhead. “Both families are suffering right now, for sure.”
FOLEY, Ala. (WKRG) — A Baldwin County man was shot at a party in Foley Friday night and later died. On Tuesday, the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man for manslaughter, according to a BCSO news release.
BCSO says the shooting occurred on Feb. 4 around 7:45 p.m. in the 14000 block of George Younce Rd. Upon arriving deputies located several Foley Police Officers performing life-saving techniques on the victim. The victim, Chance Marks, 20, was then transported to South Baldwin Regional Hospital where he later died.
BCSO investigators responded to the scene and based on the information they were able to gather so far, several people were at a party where the shooting occurred. During the party, one of the attendees took out a semi-automatic pistol and fired two rounds into the air.
The subject then shot carelessly a third round. That third shot struck Marks.
Four days later on Feb. 8, Tommy Bowyer, 21, was arrested for manslaughter. Bowyer is currently being held in Baldwin County Corrections Center awaiting a bond hearing.
BCSO says this case is still under investigation and if anyone has any information on this shooting contact Cpl. Phil Sturm at the Investigations Command of the Sheriff’s Office at 251-972-8589 or 251-937-0202.