15-year-old shot in West Point, two men arrested
Published 9:08 am Monday, February 25, 2019
A 15-year-old female was shot Sunday afternoon at the basketball court of the West Point Housing Authority and two individuals have been arrested and charged with criminal attempt murder, according to a press release from the West Point Police Department.
The 15-year-old was shot in the upper/middle abdomen area and was treated by the West Point Fire Department and subsequently flown to Mid-South Medical Center due to her injuries.
According to the press release, there were around 30 to 50 juveniles at the basketball court engaged in multiple activities when the shooting occurred around 3:45 p.m. The basketball court is located at the 1400 block of East 12th Street.
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According to the press release, three individuals from Lanett were developed as possible suspects. The suspect vehicle, a silver, four-door Buick or Hyundai, was located when the driver went to the Lanett Police Department saying he received death threats from multiple unknown individuals, according to the press release. The driver was identified as Stefon Trammell age 19, of Lanett. According to the press release, Trammell initially denied any involvement in the shooting, but during the interview admitted he was driving the vehicle and had two other individuals in the car with him.
Joshua Dowdell, age 19 of Lanett was identified as the individual who fired four to six shots from the moving motor vehicle into the crowd of juveniles who had gathered at the basketball court, according to the press release. Both Trammell and Dowdell were charged with criminal attempted murder and aggravated assault, according to the press release.
The investigation into the shooting continues, and no motive has been determined, according to the press release. The West Point Police Department is attempting to determine the last name of the third and final suspect and is asking anyone who may have witnessed this incident to contact the West Point Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at (706) 645-3525 or the Troup County Crime Stoppers at (706) 812-1000.