HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — UPDATE:
A 21st birthday party at Legacy Events in Huntsville ended in tragedy Saturday night when two women were killed and 11 other people were injured. The two women who were killed were identified at 20-year-old Kaitlyn Jenkins and 20-year-old Quantasia Grant. Three of the injured remain in critical condition.
Jenkins was a student at Alabama A&M University. The school released the following statement:
The Alabama A&M University Family mourns the recent death of Kaitlyn Jenkins, an AAMU student who was one of two, 20-year-old women killed during an off-campus birthday party event held over the weekend. Deepest condolences are extended to the families of both Ms. Jenkins and Ms. Quantasia Grant, as well as the victims injured in what law enforcement officials have defined as “reckless.”
The University will extend counseling and other grief services throughout this week for students and other campus personnel seeking to cope with the loss.
Investigators say they found over 200 shell casings fired by multiple people in the building, parking lot, and road from multiple calibers of handguns and rifles.
Two men, 20-year-old Ashton Elliot and 19-year-old DeMarcus Thompson have each been charged with two counts of Felony Reckless Murder. Investigators believe that ongoing issues between some people at the event may have led to the shooting. They are working to identify others who may been involved in the shooting
Two people are dead and at least four injured in an overnight shooting in Huntsville.
The Madison County Sheriff's Office reports that at about 12:30 AM they received a 911 emergency call of shots fired "in the area of 198 Mastin Drive and US Highway 72". Deputies responded to the "strip mall" establishment, where two women were found dead. According to HEMSI's Don Webster, three more people were taken from the scene by HEMSI to the hospital and another was transported later from a different location. Other victims drove themselves or were driven to the hospital after the incident. Because HEMSI did not transport them, Webster could not comment on their injuries. The conditions of the victims are not known at this time and no names have been released.
Brent Patterson, Public Information Officer with the Madison County Sheriff's Office, says that they believe this was an isolated incident with no threat to the community. Multiple shots were fired outside of the "strip-mall" establishment and multiple witnesses are being interviewed.
Anyone with any information is strongly urged to contact the Madison County Sheriff’s Office at (256)722-7181.