UPDATE: 4 Teens Charged in Saturday Shooting, Pursuit, Crash
Police released more details Sunday morning about a shooting, a large-scale pursuit and a multi-vehicle crash in downtown Tuscaloosa Saturday afternoon.
Stephanie Taylor, a spokesperson for the Tuscaloosa Police Department, said three adults and one juvenile have been arrested following the mayhem, although all suspects are under the age of 20.
Taylor said the first call in the case came in shortly after 4:45 p.m., when someone reported gunshots fired out of a maroon Dodge Charger in the area of University Manor Apartments off Greensboro Avenue.
Police quickly located the vehicle, whose driver fled from an attempted traffic stop. Taylor said what followed was a large-scale chase involving dozens of patrol officers from multiple agencies, TPD’s Criminal Investigations Division, the West Alabama Narcotics Task Force and Major Crimes Reconstruction Unit.
The Charger led area police all over the downtown area before its three passengers bailed out of the car in the 2700 block of Sixth Avenue. All three were arrested immediately.
The driver continued to evade capture until he came to Eighth Street next to the Tuscaloosa County Courthouse, where sheriff's deputies had laid spike strips and parked two unmarked and unoccupied Ford F-150s belonging to the Tuscaloosa Police Department.
Taylor said the suspect hit the spikes and crashed into the trucks, totaling both. The driver then ran on foot toward Lurleen Wallace Boulevard, where he was arrested in the parking lot of a business there.
After the chase, Taylor said police returned to University Manor and found bullet holes in the building and windows of a house in the 400 block of 29th Place, a second victim’s parked car and a third victim’s camper and truck.
Officers recovered a semi-automatic rifle and a revolver from the charger as well as some marijuana.
Tyrese Laquon Bell, 18, was charged with four counts of shooting into an unoccupied vehicle or building and one count of attempting to elude. Bond set at $50,000.
Kaleria Alecia Gilbert, 18, was charged with one count of attempting to elude
Calvin Woods Jr., 19, was charged with three counts of shooting into an unoccupied vehicle and second-degree possession of marijuana
A 17-year-old male was also taken into custody, but TPD has not released his identity.
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