1 arrest, another expected after duo fires into crowd in Atmore
By DON FLETCHER
News Staff Writer
Atmore police continued at midday Tuesday their search for the second of two gunmen who jumped from a van and fired into a crowd, wounding one individual, last Friday afternoon (September 11).
An Atmore man was arrested Saturday in connection with the shooting, which took place in the city’s northeastern sector around 2:17 p.m.
Amirr Raheem English, 21, is charged with attempted murder in the incident. He was booked into the Escambia County Detention Center, where he remained, without bond, Monday afternoon.
According to a press release issued Saturday by Atmore Police Chief Chuck Brooks, emergency dispatchers received reports of “several gunshots being fired near the intersection of Robinson Street [actually Robinson Drive] and Maxwell Street.”
Patrol officers discovered several shell casings in the roadway and learned that an unidentified male had been shot. The victim was reportedly taken by private vehicle to Atmore Community Hospital. His condition is not known.
Witnesses told police that two males pulled up in a blue van, jumped out and began firing toward a crowd of people. After discharging several rounds, the suspects fled.
Investigators were able to identify one of the suspects as English, and on Saturday — accompanied by Bay Minette police officers and Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office deputies — served the Atmore man with an attempted murder warrant at an undisclosed location in Baldwin County.
APD detectives continue to investigate the shooting, and Brooks said that more arrests will be forthcoming.