Valley man second arrested during Fairfax Kindergarten shooting

Published 10:05 am Monday, September 23, 2019

VALLEY — A Valley man was arrested Monday in connection to the Sept. 1 shooting at the Fairfax Kindergarten building that left seven people injured.

Arquondus Bernard Todd, 19 of Valley, has been charged with assault first-degree and has been booked in the Chambers County Detention Facility pending a bond hearing.

Todd is the second man arrested in connection to this case. Montavious Demetrel Dawson, 20 of Opelika, was arrested on Sept. 9 and also charged with assault first-degree.

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Valley Police Major Mike Reynolds said the police aren’t searching for additional shooters. He said officers were able to develop Todd as a suspect through witness statements who cooperated with the police during the investigation. Police said initially few witnesses spoke with police about what happened.

On Sept. 1, seven people between the ages of 15 and 24 suffered from gunshot wounds when an argument from the prior’s night Lanett-LaFayette football game spilled over to Saturday night. Police said while individuals were in the parking lot, at least one of the men allegedly pulled out a gun and started shooting.

Two of the victims were flown to local hospitals while the rest were transported by private car. The Monday following the incident, police say they learned all the victims were recovering and their injuries were not life-threatening.

Reynolds said that as far he knows, the argument wasn’t about the football game. However, police don’t have a clear motive as to why the shooting took place.

In Alabama, assault first-degree is a Class B felony. If convicted, Dawson and Todd could each face at least two years and up to 20 years in prison.