According to Chief Alan Watson, sometime between 10:45 p.m. and 11 p.m. Sunday night a black male was chasing a second black male through the parking lot of the apartments with what appeared to be a 9 mm handgun. The intended victim was apparently unhurt, but the suspect did fire shots into two different vehicles in the lot.
The first was a 2001 Honda Accord occupied by a family of three as they were exiting. One of the passengers in the car was described as a one-year-old girl. None of the passengers were actually hit, although a bullet did go through the windshield of the Accord.
At least one shot also penetrated an unoccupied Pontiac Bonneville also parked in the lot.
The shooter was described as a black male wearing a white jersey and black shorts. No other description was available.
Sometime after the officers left after taking the shooting reports, the Bonneville that was shot into was set on fire, Watson said. As of Monday, there were no witnesses or suspects in this case, but Watson said investigators believe the cases are related.
Sometime between 2 a.m. and 9 a.m. the following morning, from the same complex parking lot, a 1999 Ford Expedition was also reported stolen, Watson said. There were no witnesses or suspects in this case, either.
It was not immediately clear if the theft of the Expedition was related to the other incidents or not.
Anyone with information on any of these incidents should contact Talladega Police at 256-362-4508 or call the anonymous tip line at 256-299-0011.