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SPD arrests man allegedly responsible for Sonic shooting

SYLACAUGA, Ala. – The Sylacauga Police Department has arrested a man allegedly responsible for a shooting incident at Sonic in March.

Zsaquon Dean Averette, 24, was arrested April 8 and charged with attempted domestic violence in the first degree. Bond in the case was set at $75,000 by District Judge Jeb Fannin.

According to a press release issued at the time, Sylacauga Police responded to a shots fired call at Sonic at about 8:15 p.m. March 2. Video showed someone approaching from the rear of the building and walking toward the patio area, then pulling a firearm from his waistband and firing several shots at a black woman standing on the patio. After firing several shots, video showed the shooter fleeing in the same direction he came.

At the time of his arrest, Averette was found with multiple firearms and narcotics in his possession. Averette was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of a pistol without a permit. Bonds for these charges total $11,000.

The victim in this case was identified as the mother of Averette’s child. She did not suffer from any injuries.

Attempted domestic violence in the first degree with a firearm is a class B felony in Alabama, punishable upon conviction by 10 to 20 years in prison.

Possession of a controlled substance is a class D felony, punishable upon conviction by one year and one day to five years in prison. Carrying a pistol without a permit is a misdemeanor.

If you have any information pertaining to a crime, please contact the SPD Investigations Division at 256-401-2464 or you may report anonymously to the SPD tip line at 256-249-4716.


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