Philstavious “Phil” Dowdell was celebrating at his sister Alexis’s party before he was shot to death, his grandmother Annette Allen told local media.
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Four people, including an up-and-coming American football star, have been killed in a shooting in Alabama.
A further 28 people are injured – and officials say some of them are in critical condition.
The incident took place at a teenager’s 16th birthday party late on Saturday evening in the city of Dadeville, in Tallapoosa County – about 60 miles (100km) northeast of Alabama’s state capital Montgomery.
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It was not immediately known if a suspect was in custody, but officials said the gunman was no longer a threat to the community.
“We’re going to continue to work in a very methodical way to go through this scene, to look at the facts, and ensure that justice is brought to bear for the families,” said Jeremy Burkett, a sergeant with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.
Among those killed was a football player who had just signed with Jacksonville State University.
Philstavious “Phil” Dowdell was celebrating at his sister Alexis’s party before he was shot to death, his grandmother Annette Allen told The Montgomery Advertiser.
“He was a very, very humble child. Never messed with anybody. Always had a smile on his face,” Ms Allen told the newspaper, calling it “a million-dollar smile”.
Let’s work🐔❤️@Coach_DiAngelo @JaxStateFB @CoachRGarrett @HallTechSports1 @DexPreps pic.twitter.com/NGQYFsjDaD— Philstavious Dowdell (@philstavious) February 1, 2023