Neighbors react after woman shot at business

WAAY 31 talked with neighbors along County Road 87 who said they were shocked to hear about the shooting, but they’re glad to hear the victim is okay.

Posted: May 18, 2018 6:48 PM
Updated: May 18, 2018 7:00 PM

The Alabama State Bureau of Investigation is taking over after a woman was shot at a Lawrence County business owned by a former employee of the sheriff’s office.

This all happened at McWhorter’s Cabinets on County Road 87, which WAAY 31 has learned is owned by former Lawrence County Sheriff's Office employee, Tim McWhorter.

Officials tell WAAY 31 Analisa Gillespie was shot in the chest by Angel Sanders.

WAAY 31 talked with neighbors along County Road 87 who said they were shocked to hear about the shooting, but they’re glad to hear the victim is okay.

“He called me last night and said, ‘Daddy, what’s going on?’ and I said, “What do you mean?’ and he said, ‘Right down the road from you, it was a shooting.’”

That’s how Jerry Waits found out a woman was shot right down the road from his home.

“We don’t have Facebook or anything," Waits said. "We just sit on our little acre and pick the roses, and let the world go by.”

But here's what Waits said after hearing the news:

“It’s pitiful. It’s pitiful that the world has turned out like it has.”

According to officials, Angel Sanders shot Analisa Gillespie in the chest in front of McWhorter’s cabinet shop after the two got into a fight.

Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell tells us his former Chief of Staff Tim McWhorter-owns the business.

Because McWhorter is a former employee, Mitchell said he asked for the case to be handed over to the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation.

McWhorter was let go from the sheriff’s office in February after after he was arrested in Decatur on a domestic violence charge. At that time, he was also under investigation for possible mishandling of evidence.

From previous stories we’ve covered, we know Sanders was in a romantic relationship with McWhorter at one point.

“A lot of things that happen today, I don’t get disturbed about, because there’s so much of it," Waits said.

Waits says his usually quiet neighborhood is no exception, and he tells WAAY 31, he becomes a little more cautious every day.

“I get afraid to even walk up this road. You don’t ever know what’s going to happen to you," Waits said. "It’s the world we live in.”

Officials say no arrests have been made.

As for the victim, we’re told she has been released from Huntsville Hospital.

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