Man suspected of killing 4 people in shootings across two Alabama counties
A suspect was taken into custody Tuesday, accused of killing four people in shootings in two Alabama counties, authorities said. Daniel Parker Watson, 28, of Peel City, is being held at the St. Clair County Detention Center on suspicion of murder. County Sheriff’s Office said on Tuesday.
The charges, including one count of capital murder and one count of murder with a gun, stem from the suspect’s alleged involvement in two killings in St. Clair County, outside Birmingham. The sheriff’s office identified the two victims as Amber L. Manning, 37, and Timothy R. Davidson, 62, of Ragland, a town in the St. Clair jurisdiction.
Watson is also suspected of killing two people in Birmingham, Birmingham Police Department spokesman Officer Truman Fitzgerald announced in a video. Twitter. The names of the two victims have not been released.
Just before 6 a.m. local time on Tuesday, a police officer in Leeds, Alabama, took Watson into custody as a suspect in the shooting that killed Manning and Davidson, Fitzgerald said. . Leeds is an eastern suburb of Birmingham and lies partly within the boundaries of St Clair.
At the time of his arrest, the suspect told a Leeds police officer that he had shot two additional victims in the city of Birmingham, Fitzgerald said. The officer then reported the information to Birmingham police and shared details that led law enforcement to the residence where two additional victims were located.
When officers entered the residence, they found a woman and a man suffering from apparent gunshot wounds, Fitzgerald said. Birmingham Fire and Rescue personnel were called to the scene and pronounced both victims dead when they arrived. The names of the victims have not been released.
According to Fitzgerald, a preliminary investigation by the Birmingham Police Department indicates the suspect shot two victims in Birmingham before traveling to St. Clair County and shooting Manning and Davidson.
He said that no target has been established yet. “However, we believe the suspect knows at least some of the victims.”
Fitzgerald said the suspect will likely face murder charges for his alleged involvement in the Birmingham massacre.