UPDATE: 1 ARRESTED IN BUDDY’S FOOD MART SHOOTOUT
The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office says they’ve arrested one of the men involved in the shootout at Buddy’s Food Mart earlier this month.
Investigators said they’ve gotten a warrant and taken in Jon Deundre Whitt, 22, of Birmingham in for questioning. He’s currently at the Tuscaloosa County Homicide Office for questioning, and will be transported to the Tuscaloosa County Jail afterward.
Investigators said more charges are possible.
An early Sunday morning shootout that injured at least three people began at the Cypress Inn restaurant and ended at a nearby Buddy’s Food Mart.
The Tuscaloosa Police Department said they responded to a disturbance at the restaurant, located at 501 Rice Mine Road North, around 1 a.m. When they arrived, police said they found several vehicles in the parking lot, along with a large crowd.
Officers said they blocked the road and were clearing the parking lot when they heard multiple gunshots in the lot. They were unable to determine who fired, and more police arrived on the scene to assist clearing the parking lot.
Once the lot was clear, officers said they heard at least 35 gunshots coming from the direction of Buddy’s Food Mart at 1051 NE McFarland Boulevard, which is nearby.
Police who went to Buddy’s said they saw a white Cadillac Escalade leaving the scene with its back window shot out. Police stopped the SUV at the intersection of McFarland Boulevard and 15th Street, and the driver and passenger were detained.
Police said shortly after this they learned a 22-year-old man was taken to DCH Regional Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. Witnesses said the victim was shot in the Cypress Inn parking lot.
Two more victims, a 20-year-old man and a 21-year-old man, were also taken to DCH for non life-threatening injuries. Both victims said they were shot in the Buddy’s Food Mart parking lot.
Investigators said they recovered more than 50 shell casings from the Buddy’s Food Mart parking lot, and found the building and several vehicles had also been shot.
The case is under investigation.