Two separate shooting incidents in downtown Mobile’s entertainment district had police busy in the early hours of Sunday morning. Now, at least one suspect is behind bars and another man is in critical condition at a local hospital.
At approximately 2:43 a.m., Aug. 14, officers responded to the intersection of St. Michael Street at Claiborne Street after receiving reports of gunfire in the area.According to witnesses, 26-year-old Gerald Hale and another male were engaged in a verbal argument that eventually escalated to violence.
Police say both men had handguns and both men used them, though Hale is the only person involved in the incident who has been named by police so far.
In a statement on Sunday, MPD spokesperson Terence Perkins said Hale was transported to the hospital for medical treatment and once released, was arrested on charges of reckless endangerment and receiving stolen property — a charge stemming from having a stolen weapon.
Just an hour after the shooting on St. Michael Street, another round of shots was heard near North Jackson Street.
Upon their arrival, officers located a 24-year-old male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to the hospital where he was listed in critical condition as of Aug. 15.
So far, police have not identified the victim or any suspects from the second incident.
The shootings over the weekend are just a month removed from another shooting on July 17 that prompted police to ramp up their presence in the entertainment district and the enforcement of city ordinances on alcohol consumption, loitering and noise violations.In that case, 24-year-old Tevin Gamble was arrested after he allegedly fired three shots into the air during a physical altercation involving several male suspects.
As a result, Gamble was charged with reckless endangerment and discharging a firearm within the city limits July 21.