Investigators searching for witnesses in late-night Sunday shooting

After a late-night pool party on Sunday turned deadly, the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit is searching for potential witnesses to the incident.

Dontavious White, 22, was identified as the man who was killed on Monday. One other person was shot and is expected to survive, but police have not released their identity.

The shooting happened around 11 p.m. at the pool area of the Cottages at Lake Tamaha off Jack Warner Parkway in Tuscaloosa, a complex geared toward residents attending college.

“We heard the gunshots,” said Cottages resident James Shortall on Monday. “We weren’t really sure if it was here or at the gun range down over there somewhere.”

Residents who live at the complex like Shortall said they’re rattled after the shooting.

“It is awakening you could say,” Shortall said. “That could easily have been me or my friend or something like that. A lot of people go to that pool late at night.”

Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit Capt. Jack Kennedy said it’s important that any witnesses to the incident come forward.

“If you were acquaintances with either one of these persons who were injured or ones shooting, contact us immediately,” Kennedy said. “Go ahead and get up here or let us meet with you somewhere else and speak with you about what you saw.”

Kennedy said VCU is still gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses and are on the lookout for others who haven’t been cooperative toward the investigation.

“If you are a witness, you can do nothing better than help,” Kennedy said. “Help us understand this chaotic scene.”

Another way some potential witnesses could have hampered the investigation? Taking evidence from the scene.

“We need that brought to us,” Kennedy said. “Or you can meet us somewhere. These cases are important. We have had a life lost. Anybody who hinders or hides evidence or hinders the investigation could face potential charges.”

No arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone who was at the party is asked to contact the Violent Crimes Unit at 205-464-8690.

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