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Two people were killed and four others were injured in separate Huntsville shootings that happened during an eight-hour span from Thursday night into Friday morning.
In a deadly shooting at a motorcycle club, two men were killed and two others were wounded, according to Huntsville police. Officers were called around 11:30 p.m. Thursday to investigate a report of shots fired at the club at 6500 Mastin Lake Road, Suite B. The names of the two slain men aren’t yet being released. The men who were killed or injured were between the ages of 38-53, according to a police report.
Huntsville police Chief Mark McMurray said the shooting involved two motorcycle groups with nearby offices.
“They’ve been arguing for some time, and this just erupted last night,” the chief said when asked about the case at a press event this morning. “It finally came to a boil.”
The chief said he’s reviewing body camera video to pinpoint how many people were gathered at the scene and to determine whether the group was in violation of the emergency health order issued by Gov. Kay Ivey.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Alabama is under a statewide order that prohibits gatherings of 25 or more people or any gatherings of any size in which people can’t stay six feet apart.
The chief said as of Friday morning, he believed the gathering at the motorcycle club may have included more than 25 people.
McMurray said if the group was in violation of the state health order, he will ask Mayor Tommy Battle to revoke their business licenses, if they have them. AL.com has requested a comment from the mayor’s office and information about whether the groups had business licenses.
“I’m not real happy with them gathering,” McMurray said. “Before you know it, you’ve got a large crowd and they didn’t get along. And you saw what happened — guns (came) out.”
McMurray said the police department will also consider whether the individuals who were at the scene could be cited for violating the health order.
Police were serving search warrants and expected to make arrests in connection with the case by this afternoon.
About four hours before the motorcycle club shooting, a woman suffered minor injuries in a drive-by shooting at the Fuel City gas station at 3705 Drake Avenue S.W. It happened Thursday around 7:30 p.m. Further details about that incident weren’t available.
Huntsville police were again called to investigate a shooting around 3:30 a.m. Friday after a woman was shot and ran to the Circle K gas station at the corner of Jordan Lane and Holmes Avenue. The woman suffered minor injuries, Lt. Michael Johnson said. Further details weren’t available.