An Atmore man who was shot several times in the early morning hours of last Friday, Nov. 25, remained in a Mobile medical facility this week as city police continued their attempt to determine who shot him.
According to a press release issued by Police Chief Chuck Brooks, the shooting occurred around 2:15 a.m. Police received a report of a disturbance, during which a firearm reportedly had been discharged, at Special Occasions, a business located at 129 South Main Street
When officers arrived, they found a man, later identified as Anthony Jerome Riley, no age provided, of a Sunset Drive address, lying in the rear parking lot of an unidentified business. Riley had been shot several times.
Witnesses described the offender as a black male who reportedly fled the area in a black Dodge Charger. The witnesses could not provide police with a license plate number or with the identity of the shooter.
Officers learned that the business is licensed to hold banquets, wedding receptions and retirement parties. It is not licensed to sell, serve or otherwise have alcohol on the premises, but evidence showed that alcohol was present at the time of the shooting.
Riley was taken by ambulance to Atmore Community Hospital, where he received preliminary treatment before being transferred to an undisclosed medical facility in Mobile for further treatment.