By DON FLETCHER
News Staff Writer
A former three-sport standout at J.U. Blacksher High School, currently a freshman starter on the University of Mobile basketball team, has been charged in the August 31 shooting incident at the Chevron station on South Main Street in Atmore.
Atmore Police Chief Chuck Brooks reported this week that 19-year-old Ke’Darieon “KD” Rabb, a resident of Frisco City who earned All-State basketball honors his senior year at JUB, surrendered to Escambia County Sheriff’s Office deputies on September 30. City police investigators had earlier obtained a warrant for his arrest.
According to an employee of the Escambia County Detention Center’s booking and release division, Rabb is charged with one count of shooting into an occupied vehicle. He was released October 1 after a $75,000 bond was posted in his behalf.
A cashier who was on duty when the incident occurred said the 6-5, 215-pound forward for the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) Rams was pumping gas when he suddenly dropped the pump nozzle, grabbed a handgun and fired at least four shots at a passing vehicle.
Authorities have not released a motive for his actions, but Brooks said recently that there was “definitely some history between the suspect and the passengers in the car.”
Police reports show that nobody in the car was hit, and nobody was injured at any of the fast-food establishments, professional offices or retail stores in the immediate area of the convenience store-gas station from which the shots were fired.
According to Alabama Criminal Code Section 13A-11-61(b), anyone who “discharges a dangerous projectile into any occupied dwelling or building or railroad locomotive or railroad car, aircraft, automobile, truck or watercraft” commits a Class B felony.
A conviction on such a charge could result in a prison sentence of 2-to-20 years.
University of Mobile Basketball Coach Darnell Archey did not respond to Atmore News’ request for a comment on Rabb’s arrest.