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(FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE) On Sunday, February 12, 2023, at approximately 4:50 PM, Shelby County 911 received a call of a reported shooting at Chuck E. Cheese, located at 4647 US Hwy 280 in North Shelby County. Shelby County deputies immediately responded to the scene and requested assistance from the Hoover Police Department. Once on scene, deputies identified the alleged gunman and detained him without incident. A victim was also identified and found to have suffered a gunshot wound to his abdomen. Cahaba Valley Fire and Rescue transported the victim to a nearby Birmingham hospital. At this time, the victim is reported to be in stable condition.
Criminal investigators from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office responded to the crime scene as well as to the hospital to gather additional information about the incident. During the course of the investigation, it was learned that the victim and suspect were acquaintances attending the same family gathering. Following an altercation during the family gathering, witnesses and evidence support that the suspect shot the victim.
The suspect has been identified as 23 year old Jacques Delawrence Hunter, Jr., of Center Point, Alabama. Hunter has been charged with one count of Assault 1st and two counts of Reckless Endangerment and is being held in the Shelby County Jail on bonds totaling $125,000.
Sheriff John Samaniego stated, “I’m proud of our patrol deputies for their quick response, apprehending the suspect, and making the scene safe to render aid. In Shelby County we have zero tolerance for violent crime. Our investigators will continue to work diligently to ensure the responsible party is held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. I would also like to thank the Hoover Police Department and Cahaba Valley Fire and Rescue for their quick response. ”
Shelby County Sheriff’s Office investigators continue to investigate the shooting, and Sheriff John Samaniego encourages anyone with information about this crime to please contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office at 205-670-6000. You can also submit an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777, or on their website at www.crimestoppersal.com.This investigation is still ongoing and the Sheriff’s Office asks anyone with additional information to call the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office at (205) 670-6000. An anonymous tip can be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777, or on their website at www.crimestoppersmetroal.com