4 killed, 28 injured after mass shooting at Alabama Sweet 16 birthday party
04/17/2023 12:00 pm PDT
DADEVILLE, Ala. (TCD) -- Four people, including three teenagers, were killed and over two dozen were injured during a shooting at a Sweet 16 birthday party over the weekend.
According to a statement, on Saturday, April 15, at approximately 10:34 p.m., shots rang out at a venue near the 2000 block of Broadnax Street in Dadeville. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and State Bureau of Investigation arrived at the scene to begin investigating and learned four people suffered fatal gunshot wounds.
In a press conference Sunday, April 16, an Alabama Law Enforcement Agency official confirmed 28 people sustained injuries, though he said there was a "wide variety" of wounds.
AL.com reports the shooting occurred at Mahogany's Masterpiece, a dance studio in downtown Dadeville. The Tallapoosa County Coroner identified the four deceased victims as 18-year-old Philstavious "Phil" Dowdell, 17-year-old Shaunkivia "KeKe" Smith, 19-year-old Marsiah "Siah" Collins, and 23-year-old Corbin Holston.
Dowdell was reportedly an athletic standout at Dadeville High School and recently committed to playing football for Jacksonville State University. AL.com reports the party was for Dowdell's sister.
Jacksonville State football coach Rich Rodriguez said in a statement following the news, "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Philstavious Dowdell and the other victims of the senseless tragedy last night. He was a great young man with a bright future. My staff and I are heartbroken and hope that everyone will support his family through this difficult time."
Smith was also a senior at Dadeville High and managed the basketball and track and field teams.
Holston reportedly graduated from Dadeville High School in 2018.
According to AL.com, Collins, a 2022 Opelika High School graduate, was following his dreams of becoming a musician and planned on attending Louisiana State University in the fall.
So far, police have not announced any arrests in the case.
- Press Release - Alabama Law Enforcement Agency
- Law enforcement holds joint press conference on mass shooting in Dadeville - WBMA-LD
- Dadeville mass shooting: What we know today after 4 killed, 28 injured at Alabama birthday party - AL.com
- These are the 4 young people killed in Dadeville’s birthday party shooting - AL.com
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