One Person Dead, Eight Others Injured in Shooting at Alabama High School Graduation Party

Escambia County Middle School
Credit: WKRG

A shooting at a high school graduation party in Atmore, Alabama, early Saturday morning has resulted in one person dead and eight injured, according to the Associated Press.

Atmore police responded to a call around 2:00 a.m. on Saturday morning with authorities arriving at the former Escambia County Middle School, which now serves as the city’s community center, where they found a man who had been shot to death in the cafeteria.

The community center had been the site of a high school graduation party that involved alcohol and hundreds of people. Word spread about the party through social media, Atmore Police Chief Chuck Brooks told the AP.

WKRG reported that the incident began when two women started fighting and others got involved. According to AL.com, “numerous gunshots” were fired inside the building, and the shooting continued outside in the building’s parking lot.

Eight additional people were shot, and were taken to local hospitals for treatment, according to WKRG. As of Saturday afternoon, seven of the eight had been released from the hospital. (The names of the injured or deceased have not yet been released.)

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Helen Murphy