Police: Shooting out of the ordinary for Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores Police are still investigating a shooting that happened Wednesday night, April 16, just after 10 p.m. at the public beach access.

It happened at East Gulf Place, the parking lot behind the Hangout, near the corner of Highway 59 and Beach Boulevard.

Tommie Jackson, 18, of Spanish Fort, was the only person injured in the shooting.

He’s number 13 for Spanish Fort High School’s football team, and was shot in the forearm after a large group of teenagers got in an argument in the parking lot.

Police said Jackson was transported to South Baldwin Regional Medical Center and was released the next morning, April 17.

FOX10 News spoke with Jackson on the phone Thursday. He said he thinks he was shot with a 22-caliber pistol, and he’s grateful he wasn’t hurt any worse than he was.

But, what’s on many people’s minds now, is how out of the ordinary something like this is for Gulf Shores.

“It made me feel bad, because nobody needs to get shot at the beach, because at the beach you come to have a good time, and be with your friends,” said beach-goer Archie LeComb, ” Just be about life and all that, and when I heard that he got shot, it made me feel bad.”

One taxi driver was nearby the scene the night of the shooting, he said he’s worked in Gulf Shores for some four years and never seen any violence like this.

“At that time I didn’t know what to think to be honest, just astounding to be honest with you,” said Nicholas Crownover, the cab driver.

He said he’s going to take more precautions of Pleasure Island for now on.

“Since this has happened, I’m going to be more aware of my surroundings,” said Crownover.

Police also said this kind of violence is not typical of Gulf Shores, but folks should be careful.

“Definitely don’t get a lot of calls like these, and this is sort of an isolated event,” said Josh Coleman with Gulf Shores Police, “And, we want to keep everyone safe, and (remind them) to be aware of your surroundings.”

Coleman said the suspect who shot the high schooler is still at large, and police need your help to turn him in.

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