1 killed, 6 injured in shooting at Ala . bowling alley

The Montgomery County district judge will consider a prosecutor’s request to increase bail for a man accused of killing one and shooting six others at a bowling alley.

District attorney Daryl Bailey filed a motion Monday asking to increase Tory Johnson’s bail from $270,000 to $2 million. Johnson paid bail and was released from the Montgomery County detention facility on Sunday hours after his arrest.

Judge Tiffany McCord will hear the motion at 9 a.m. Friday, according to a warrant filed Tuesday morning.

Johnson, 23, was charged with murder in connection with the death of 21-year-old Jeffery Reed and six counts of assault.

Police were called to Bama Lanes on Atlanta Highway around 1 a.m. Sunday by an off-duty officer who worked as security at the bowling alley where customers participated in late-night bowling and karaoke.

A video of the event, which circulated on Facebook in the hours after the shooting, shows an argument before the sound of gunfire and people screaming consumes the footage.

Bailey referred to a video of the event in his motion for higher bail, saying it “clearly shows the suspect shooting multiple times.”

Johnson was in illegal possession of a firearm, Bailey said, although the prosecutor did not specify how.

Six of the victims were innocent bystanders, and the seventh was involved in the verbal altercation with Johnson, but was unarmed and trying to de-escalate the situation, Bailey wrote in the motion.

Interim Police Chief Ramona Harris on Sunday praised the work of ordinary citizens who both helped provide first aid to victims and identified Johnson and the suspect after he fled the scene.

Two men suffered life-threatening injuries in the gunfire. One was shot in the left shoulder and right thigh, while the other was shot in the right arm and abdomen, according to court records.

Four other people suffered what police called non-life-threatening injuries. One man was shot in the lower back, another in the left leg, a third in both thighs and a woman was hit by a bullet to the left side of her head, according to court records.

Police were quick to characterize the shooting “as an isolated incident and not a mass shooting”. Despite this, Bailey called it a mass shooting in his move.

The Advertiser and the National Gun Violence Archive both define a mass shooting as a shooting in which at least four people, not including the suspect, are killed or injured by gun violence at approximately the same time and location.

Steve Lander, owner of the bowling alley, declined to comment on the shooting, citing the ongoing investigation.

“It’s just hard to believe the man got out with such a low bail,” he said by email on Tuesday.

Bailey in his motion Monday characterized the $270,000 bail as “satisfactorily insufficient to protect the public from this dangerous and violent criminal.”

A magistrate was charged with setting bail, as is customary for weekend arrests. The magistrate who issued the warrants for Johnson’s arrest set bail for each charge at the maximum allowable.

The magistrate, Bailey explained, is bound by Alabama’s bail schedule, which sets the maximum for a murder charge at $150,000, the maximum for a Class B felony such as first-degree assault at $30,000, and the maximum for a Class C felony. felony such as second-degree assault on $15,000.

Bailey said Tuesday that if McCord chooses to increase Johnson’s bail, he will be arrested again.

Bailey has long been a supporter of increasing the maximum bail for violent crimes, especially on a murder charge. Late last year, he filed a petition to increase the amount from $150,000 to $1.5 million, a change that requires the approval of the Alabama Supreme Court.

Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed, who also advocated an increased bail schedule, said thoughts and prayers are not enough.

“Thinking and praying for those affected by this weekend’s violence will do nothing to stem the tide of loss in our city and across the country from gun violence,” he said in a press release. “It doesn’t matter how many are shot, one victim is way too many.”

Reed pointed to the creation of the Violence Prevention Bureau, more officers, more patrols, and an expansion of technology as the city’s methods of combating the level of violence.

“Still, we need the help of our entire community to be truly successful in tackling and ending violent crime. This isn’t just MPD’s watch; it’s our watch,” he said. “If you see or know something, you must say something. Those who are grieving can rest assured that I, as mayor, will use my position to ensure that those responsible for this crime are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” law.”

Contact Montgomery Advertiser reporter Kirsten Fiscus at 334-318-1798 or KFiscus@gannett.com. Follow her on Twitter @KDFiscus

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