RESIDENTS SPEAK OUT AFTER SHOOTING SHOCKS REDPOINT APARTMENTS

The Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit is investigating a late-night shooting at Redpoint Apartments.

Tuscaloosa Police and violent crimes investigators were called to Redpoint Tuscaloosa, formerly known as the Woodlands until a few months ago, Sunday night on Hargrove Road East.

“Boom, boom, boom, boom. It sounded like a whole round of gunshots,” resident Crystal Kilpatrick said. “Someone got hurt but no one was seriously hurt. Everyone is okay, it was just really traumatic.”

And it was. One man, who was out on a balcony of building 16, was shot in the leg and transported to the hospital.The injuries sustained are non-life threatening. But, it is still very scary for people who call this area home.

“Yeah, it’s a blessing, for real,” Dalton St. Jon, whose truck was shot into, said. “You never know when something is going to happen.”

Redpoint residents described the rampant gunfire as a drive by shooting, saying they heard tires screeching and multiple shots fired. One bullet went into an apartment on the bottom floor and several other shots hit an unoccupied vehicle in the parking lot.

“I heard yelling,” Kilpatrick said. “I came out of my room and asked my roommates what happened. One of them, the bullet went literally went through her wall and she was laying in bed and the bullet came like, a foot above her head and she was just so scared. We were all just like, frantic.”

St. Jon agreed, saying the apprehension is a pretty common feeling for Redpoint residents as of late.

“It was pretty scary just knowing that you are living here and you don’t expect something like this happen then it does,” he said. “It just makes you think about stuff.”

While many details around the shooting are still unknown, residents like Kilpatrick are calling for a change.

“We are supposed to feel safe here,” she said. “We pay to stay here and feel safe. Have a home for us. Now we don’t even know why this happened. I wish maybe that we had more security here and more safety.”

Tuscaloosa City councilman Kip Tyner agrees.

“I think they owe it to the safety of who is living there to either have on-site security or find a way to only have one way in and one way out,” Tyner said.

Tuscaloosa Police have responded to Redpoint Tuscaloosa on 38 calls in the past three months. The Redpoint property manager did say they are cooperating with the investigation and that those directly involved in the crime are not residents there.

Redpoint provided this statement which reads, in part:

“We complete a criminal background check for every applicant, and prohibit firearms in the community. We provide security patrols at select times, and a 24/7 management presence. We will not tolerate any acts of violence and will take all lawful action to protect the security of our residents.”

If you can help police solve this case, please call 205-464-8690.

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