POLICE: Deadly Double Shooting Monday Could Have Killed 4-Year-Old
A Monday night double shooting that left one man dead and another injured could have been even more tragic -- investigators said Wednesday that the indiscriminate gunfire that night narrowly avoided striking a toddler in a car nearby.
The shooting took place around 9:30 p.m. Monday in the 3000 block of 27th Street, not from Kaulton Park in west Tuscaloosa.
The mayhem claimed the life of 25-year-old Lamont LaKeith Cameron. and injured another 25-year-old man whom police identified only as one of Cameron's relatives.
On Wednesday, Captain Jack Kennedy, the commander of the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit, said the deadly gunfire also struck a nearby vehicle, and that a 4-year-old child was inside the car at the time it was hit.
One bullet even passed through the child's car seat, Kennedy said, but the child was fortunately not harmed in the bedlam.
At the shooting on 27th Street, errant rounds from the shooting went through a car that contained a 4-year-old child and passed through their car seat," Kennedy said. "It's just a miracle that this child -- this child was within inches of being struck by a bullet for no reason. A 4-year-old child."
Kennedy said three young children have been killed by gun violence in Tuscaloosa in the last 12 months, including a 2-year-old who died during a drive-by shooting in West Tuscaloosa earlier this month.
So far, no suspects have been publicly identified and no arrests have been made in connection to the Monday night shooting, and Kennedy urged the west Tuscaloosa community to put aside their differences and distrust of law enforcement and cooperate with investigators.
He urged anyone with surveillance cameras outside their homes or businesses in the area to review all footage captured around 9:30 Monday night and to especially to keep an eye out for a vehicle that reportedly fled the area immediately after the shooting.
By the count of Tuscaloosa Thread staff, the Monday murder marks the eighth homicide committed in Tuscaloosa County for far in 2022.
Anyone with information about this deadly incident is urged to contact the VCU immediately at 205-464-8690.
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