Hillwood Drive shooting victim dies; police ID victim and suspect


Huntsville Police charged 18-year-old Joseph Earls with capital murder in connection with the Tuesday night shooting on Hillwood Drive.

The victim, identified as 19-year-old Samantha Coyner, died of her injuries.

According the Huntsville Police, officers responded to a call of a shooting in progress at Hillwood Dr. at Chicamauga Trail. When they arrived, they found Samantha Coyner laying in the road. She was taken to Huntsville Hospital in critical condition, where she dies Wednesday afternoon.

Lt. Michael Johnson with HPD says that witnesses say the two were attempting a drug transaction but left before completing the transaction. The offenders followed Ms. Coyner and the witnesses in a maroon Chevy Malibu to the intersection of Hillwood and Chicamuaga Trail. When the witnesses got out of the vehicle to confront the offenders, someone from inside of the Malibu started to shoot at them.

Ms. Coyner attempted to drive off but was shot while in the vehicle. The offenders were located a short time later by officers at 3318 Bob Wallace Ave. 

Investigators served a search warrant at Fairview St. Wednesday afternoon and found evidence in reference to the shooting on Hillwood.


Huntsville Police are investigating a shooting that happened around midnight in South Huntsville. 

The shooting happened in the street on Hillwood Drive at Chicamauga Trail.

When officers arrived, they found a victim. The victim is in the hospital in serious condition.

According to Lieutenant Michael Johnson with the Huntsville Police Department, investigators are following some leads and interviewing several individuals at this time.

This is a developing story, and we will continue to share updates as information comes available.

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