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Huntsville Police arrest suspect for fatal shooting on Atkins Drive

The victim, 41 year old William Matthews of Gurley, was pronounced dead at the hospital. Police have not released a motive.

Posted: Feb 17, 2019 11:16 AM
Updated: Feb 18, 2019 8:07 AM

UPDATE: Huntsville police arrested 38 year old Sherman Demond Moore on murder charges for the shooting death of a Gurley man on Atkins Drive. Police have not released a motive.

"It was very surprising," said Darryl Hollingsworth.

Hollingsworth pulled into the neighborhood at around 10:30 Sunday morning, just 30 minutes after police got a call that someone was shot.

"When I pulled in there were a lot of people out on the street. Obviously, something was going on," said Hollingsworth.

At the time, this was just a shooting investigation, but hours later we learned the victim, 41 year old William Matthews of Gurley, died at Huntsville hospital. That makes this the second murder in Huntsville in just 24 hours, something Huntsville police say is rare.

"We can't say its not something that has happened before, but it isn't something that happens frequently," said Lt. Michael Johnson.

Huntsville police, S.W.A.T., and the incident response team spent hours here on Atkins Drive questioning people, as well as making sure the suspect wasn't hiding out in one of these houses.

Huntsville Police are currently investigating a shooting on Atkins Drive.

One victim is in the emergency room at Huntsville Hospital. Police are looking for an unknown suspect at this time. 

Police responded to the scene at around 10 Sunday morning. Hunsville Police, SWAT and the incident response team all responded to the call. Police have blocked Griffith Drive at Griffith Dr. and Medaris Rd. The scene is still very active at this time, so officers are asking people to stay away from the area. 

WAAY 31 has a reporter on the scene working to learn more information. We'll keep you updated both on air and online as we continue to learn more information.

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