By Alton Mitchell
A 28-year-old Auburn man was fatally shot on Sunday night in the normally quiet college town. The fatal shooting has raised the number of homicides across Lee County to a total of fourteen in 2017 and left police looking for another suspect amid the growing violence across the county.
According to officials with the Lee County Coroner’s Office, Auburn police received a call through 911 on Sunday at 9:45 pm of shots fired in the 500 block of Foster Street. Auburn police officers and EMS were dispatched to Foster Street. When emergency officials arrived they discovered a 28-year-old male suffering from a gunshot injury. Upon assessing the condition of the victim police and ems found no signs of life.
Paramedic attempted to revive the victim, but were unsuccessful in their attempts. Lee County Chief Deputy Coroner Gene Manning arrived on the scene and pronounced the victim dead at 11:10 pm. The coroner’s office identifies the victim as Anthony Jamal Davis, 28, of Auburn. Auburn Police are treating Davis’ death as a homicide.
The body of Davis will be transported to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Montgomery for an autopsy. The investigation and search for a suspect is still ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Auburn Police at (334)501-3100 or Detective Section at (334)501-3140.
The death of Davis marks the 14th homicide in Lee County in 2017 according to the Coroner’s office. His shooting death comes less than three days after Marshall Lee Norgard, 40, of Opelika was found fatally shot near the Salem community. His uncle Michael Norgard has been arrested in connection to that homicide.
The homicides across Lee County have had a connection to LaFayette on two instances. Following a June 10th shooting in the Toomers Court area of Opelika a LaFayette man was arrested for the shooting. Also in the Toomers Court area of Opelika on March 26, 2017 31-year-old Derris Terrel Harris was fatally shot alongside a friend. Harris was a native of LaFayette. Two men have been arrested and charged in the death of Harris.