UPDATE: Police identify victims in weekend shooting

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UPDATE: 06/11 –  At approximately 2:40 am, on 6/10/18, patrol unit heard gunshots coming from the Westmorland and Long Ln area. When officers arrived they found a B/M that had been shot laying in the street.  Officers applied medical aid and he was transported to ECM and pronounced dead on arrival. Another other person was shot and transported to the ER via private vehicle before officer’s arrived, he was later transported to Huntsville Hospital and has been admitted. Several subjects were transported to the PD for questioning by detectives, they all have been released. No charges have been filled on anyone at this time. This is still an ongoing investigation and we are asking if anyone has any information that can assist with this investigation, please contact FPD Detective Bureau at (256) 768-2764 or text a tip to 274637 using keyword “FPDTIP”, plus the message. At this time, we do not have any photos of either person to release out of respect for the families. 

The Deceased is-
Patton Shipley
B/M, 42 yoa
Florence, Al

In the Hospital –
Howard Watkins
B/M, 42 yoa
Florence, Al

SOURCE: Florence Police Department


A Florence man was shot and killed near UNA early Sunday morning around 3 a.m. A university patrol officer heard gunshots near Westmorland and Long Lane.

Neighbors say a party was going on when shots were fired. One neighbor says the gun shots woke him up and he jumped onto the floor. 

When officers arrived they found the victim laying in the street. Authorities say he died on the way to the hospital. Another person was shot and a third person was taken in for questioning.

One person WZDX talked to says the shooting stems from a previous incident.

“This is very tragic…anytime there is a loss of life it is a very tragic situation especially when you know the individual, and I just hate it. All my mourning and sympathy goes out to the families of the victims. Taking a life is a very serious thing and there are consequences and I hope one day that we will realize this,” he says. 

Authorities have not released any names yet. 

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