MILLBROOK, Ala. (WSFA) – Millbrook police have arrested A A shooting that killed a teenager Wednesday night.
Police say Moses Abram, 18, of Millbrook, was arrested Thursday. He is accused of murder and throwing a firearm into the car. Abrams is being held without bond in the Elmore County Jail pending warrants and service, according to police.
The shooting happened on Highway 14 Wednesday night. Millbrook Chief PK Johnson said a car traveling on the freeway was hit by another vehicle’s gunfire. He said the vehicle stopped at a shopping center in the 4100 block, where officers found the three occupants. The person was pronounced dead at the scene of the gunshot wound.
Police identified the victim Thursday night as Maurio D. Williams, 16, of Montgomery. The injured at the scene was 17 years old.
The other two occupants, both juveniles, were treated at the scene, Johnson said. One had an eye injury from broken glass and was taken to Baptist Southern.
Johnson said they are still in the early stages of the investigation, but it appears the shooting stemmed from an apparent dispute between the two groups. According to eyewitnesses, one car was following another and they exchanged words or gestures while shooting at the victim’s car.
The chief said it appears to have started on Highway 14 between Ingram Road and the Page Hills subdivision in the Governor Drive area. The victim’s vehicle was disabled in the 4100 block.
Detectives later located the suspect vehicle, Johnson said. They identified Abram as a suspect.
Johnson reiterated that the investigation is in its early stages. He asks anyone who saw anything or has information to contact the Millbrook Police Department at 334-285-6832 or the Secret Witness Line at 334-285-8500.
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“It hurts me so much that our young people today value human life so little and that so many people are willing to pick up a firearm and fire it with no regard for human life,” Johnson said. “This incident occurred between Highway 14 and a densely populated residential area. Not only were we fortunate that the other two passengers in the victim’s vehicle were not killed, we were extremely fortunate that no other driver or area resident was killed.
He continued, “As we continue to investigate, I want to be clear to anyone or any group of people who may be considering any retaliatory action in response to last night’s incident; I have instructed our officers to provide extra patrols in certain areas. We will conduct directed patrols and resolve any and all issues by proactively enforcing all state laws and local ordinances. This type of senseless violence has no place in any community and will not be tolerated or justified in our city! That said, I encourage our community leaders, churches, parents, and the general public to help us address the issue of violence, especially gun violence. We young people must realize that this is not the way to solve problems. This is not just a matter of law enforcement and the judicial system. It affects everyone. “
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