Bayou La Batre Shooting: Leaves Neighbor Injured, Child Narrowly Avoids Harm

Bayou La Batre Shooting: Bayou La Batre, Ala. (WALA) – A Shooting Incident Leaves Neighbor Injured and Child in Close Call

In the tight-knit community of Coden, Bayou La Batre Police are delving into a recent shooting that rocked the 8800 block of Midway Road.

Responding swiftly after reports of gunfire around 7 p.m. on a Friday, officers discovered a man with two gunshot wounds upon arrival.

The victim, engaged in conversation with a visitor outdoors, was taken by surprise as shots echoed in the air. The assailant, identified as 65-year-old Ted Gillespie, allegedly fired a shotgun thrice, hitting the victim twice in each leg.

Shockingly close, Gillespie’s shots also struck the vehicle of the victim’s friend. The friend, accompanied by her 8-year-old daughter, miraculously escaped harm as the bullets found their mark on the car.

The victim, taken to the hospital, received treatment for non-life-threatening injuries. Perplexingly, the victim claimed no interaction with Gillespie before the sudden attack.

The motive behind the shooting remains unclear, and investigators are yet to establish any prior history between the victim and Gillespie.

Gillespie now faces charges of first-degree assault and shooting into an occupied vehicle. The incident serves as a stark reminder of the unexpected turns within even the closest-knit communities.

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