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Shooting at Sylacauga Housing Authority leaves two injured; suspect remains at-large


SYLACAUGA, Ala. – Two teenagers were injured after a reported shooting at the Sylacauga Housing Authority last night.

Around 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22, police officers in Sylacauga were dispatched to the 500 block of Hubbard Ave. after shots were fired at the scene.

While officers were investigating the initial area, they were dispatched a second time. The new location was an apartment in the Drew Court Housing Authority on Kingwood Dr.

When officers made it to Kingwood Dr. they discovered that Latarrieus Hawkins, and 18-year old male from Talladega, was suffering from a gunshot that appeared to hit both his chest and arm.

Hawkins was transported to UAB Hospital for treatment by the Sylacauga Ambulance Service. His status is unknown at this time.

Later into the early morning near 1:00 a.m., Investigator Chris Vinson of the Sylacauga Police Department (SPD) was alerted to Citizens Baptist Medical Center (CBMC) where a 16-year old juvenile has been admitted and was being treated for a gunshot wound to his right ankle.

The victim was identified as the brother of Hawkins. He was treated and released from CBMC.

At this time SPD investigators are running down leads and searching for suspects. The police department asks that if anyone has information about this shooting, they should call the SPD tip line at (256) 249-4716 or Investigator Vinson at (256) 401-2453. Your information could get you a reward.

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