ATMORE, Ala. (WKRG) – Three people were shot inside the Assembly Hall on Carver Avenue in Atmore, Alabama just after midnight Sunday morning.
Three people were shot inside a crowded event hall in Atmore early Sunday morning. Two of the victims were flown to Mobile hospitals for treatment, all while the shooter is still on the run.
Nearly 200 people were at this former nightclub now turned event hall when those shots rang out.
“I don’t live that far from here either, so it’s scary,” said Brittany Gilbert, who lives near the hospital in Atmore.
Gilbert was at home in bed when she started hearing sirens.
“I live a block away from the hospital so I heard two life flights come in and take off,” said Gilbert.
Three people were shot inside the Assembly Hall, formerly known as Club Chic A Dee. Afterwards, a melee broke out. Atmore Police Chief Chuck Brooks says his department arrived on the scene and found people fighting in the parking lot and inside the club after they received a 911 call of people shot. Three people were found with gun shot wounds. Two of the victims were treated at a local hospital but then airlifted to Mobile hospitals for care.
“They saw numerous people fighting outside as well as fighting inside,” said Brooks.
Brooks tells News 5 the club had been shut down because of numerous reports of underage drinking and assaults in the parking lot. The Assembly Hall had just regained the right to open back up as a community center for parties.
“There’s not supposed to be any alcohol served there, however there was alcohol that was documented last night by officers,” said Brooks.
The police chief says the shooting seemed to have started from a fight between women inside the club. It escalated, and shots were fired. The victims, all male, were in their 30s and 40s.
“People expect to go these establishments hoping to have a good time and to turn out that you know, gun shots were flying out in the building, it’s very concerning to me. I can tell you that we will be pursuing looking at all aspects of this case, including the owners and to make sure this doesn’t happen again,” said Brooks.
“I don’t hear about shootings normally anywhere around here. So it was very scary to hear about,” said Gilbert.
Police are still investigating, if you have any information you’re asked to call Atmore Police.
Police say one of the victims was treated and released from an Atmore hospital. One of the men flown to Mobile is in serious condition, the other is critical. Police tell us they have a suspect in mind, but no arrests have been made.
Police are not releasing the names of the victims at this time.