By DON FLETCHER
News Staff Writer
A juvenile female and two adult females were arrested May 6 by Atmore police and charged in connection with a May 5 incident that included several gunshots being fired in the parking lot of a local restaurant.
The incident occurred at Acapulco’s Mexican Restaurant on East Church Street. It began inside the restaurant but carried into the parking lot.
“A fight broke out between two females inside of Acapulco’s Restaurant,” Atmore Police Chief Chuck Brooks said. “One of the females fired a gun into the air several times.”
Brooks later clarified that “all the shots were fired outside the restaurant.”
According to APD Sgt. Darrell McMann, officers found evidence that at least five shots were fired.
“While enroute to the call, the officers were notified that shots had been fired in the parking lot,” McMann said. “Officers located five spent shell casings in the parking lot.”
Police reports show that patrol officers were sent to the Acapulco’s parking lot around 9:07 p.m. in response to reports of a fight inside the restaurant.
Officers learned that the two adult females (Ashanti Tolbert, 20, of Atmore and Breanna Williams, age not provided, of Bay Minette) “noticed each other in the restaurant as they were eating with different groups and began staring at each other.”
The stares soon turned into taunts, then a full-blown skirmish ensued.
“They (the juvenile and the adults) had been having an ongoing disagreement on social media,” McMann said. “A fight started soon after, and the friends of the combatants attempted to separate them, but the fight spilled out in the parking lot.”
The juvenile reportedly fired the shots as a vehicle driven by one of the adults was leaving the property.
Tolbert is charged with disorderly conduct, while Williams is charged with one count each of third-degree assault and disorderly conduct.
The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges could result, McMann said.
Neither Tolbert nor Williams appears on the Escambia County Detention Center jail log, indicating they were issued summonses by city police and released.