1 killed, 6 injured in shooting at Montgomery bowling alley

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – One person was killed and six injured in a shooting at Bama Lanes bowling alley in Montgomery early Sunday morning.

Montgomery Police said Tory Johnson, 23, of Montgomery, has been charged with murder, two counts of first-degree assault and four counts of second-degree assault during the shooting.

Police and firefighters responded on the 3000 block of Atlanta Highway around 1 a.m. in reference to multiple people being shot in the bowling alley.

There they found one of the victims, identified as Jeffery Reed, 21, of Montgomery, with a fatal gunshot wound.

Reed was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police also say they have responded to three local hospitals related to six other shooting victims. Two men suffered life-threatening gunshot wounds, and a woman and three men suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds, police said. Four of the victims were “innocent bystanders,” police said.

Police say after investigation there was an altercation between people in the bowling alley that turned physical, leading to the shooting. A Montgomery police officer was on the scene. They worked off-duty with a private security guard employed by the company.

Police said the police officer and other customers were the first to approach the injured within seconds of the shooting and the officer called for backup. As others exited the bowling alley, police said the gunman fled the scene at the time.

Captain Saba Coleman of the Montgomery Police Department said, “This was an isolated event and not a mass shooting.”

According to a post on the Bama Lanes Montgomery Facebook page, the bowling alley will be closed on Sunday.

Bama Lanes Montgomery was unable to comment as this is an ongoing investigation.

Interim Police Chief Ramona Harris said in a statement that they appreciate the community coming forward to identify the suspect and provide first aid.

“This was an isolated shooting incident in which several people were injured and one person was killed by reckless conduct with a firearm. We appreciate the community coming forward to help identify the perpetrator and provide first aid – ordinary people acting in extraordinary ways. On behalf of the Montgomery Police Department, our condolences go out to the families directly affected by this tragic crime,” Harris said.

She added that MPD continues to invest and expand technological resources to help combat gun violence.

“As we enter this new year and continue to fight gun violence with currently 4 homicides, I want the residents of Montgomery to know that we are not in a hopeless state… The Montgomery Police Department continues to invest in and expand technology resources that will help combat gun violence. We are also putting even greater emphasis on community engagement through outreach and awareness that will hopefully change and positively impact the culture and mindset we see today,” said Harris.

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