Fifth arrest made in Alabama Sweet Sixteen shooting

Johnny Letron Brown, 20, of Tuskegee, and Willie George Brown Jr., 19, of Auburn, were arrested on Thursday and charged with four counts of reckless murder.

Katie Daviscourt Seattle WA

Authorities announced Thursday that three more suspects have been arrested in connection to the Alabama mass shooting that left four dead and 32 injured during a Sweet 16 birthday party on Saturday, law enforcement announced Thursday.

According to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), 20-year-old Johnny Letron Brown, of Tuskegee, and 19-year-old Willie George Brown Jr., of Auburn, were arrested on Thursday and charged with four counts of reckless murder. Special Agents of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) State Bureau of Investigation took Johnny Letron Brown into custody early Thursday morning, while Willie George Brown was taken into custody around noon, according to their most recent statement.

"The Dadeville Police Department, Tuskegee Police Department, Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Office, Macon County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the United States Marshals Service and the 5th Circuit District Attorney’s Office were all instrumental in assisting and supporting the investigation, along with locating and apprehending the suspects. Nothing further is available as the investigation is ongoing," the press release added. 

Both suspects have been booked into the Tallapoosa County Jail with no bond. Their recent arrests bring the total apprehended up to five.

The tragedy took place in Dadeville, a small town of 3,200, roughly 45 minutes north of Tuskegee.

The other suspects that have been arrested and charged are: Ty Reik McCullough, 17, of Tuskegee, Travis McCollough, 16, of Tuskegee, and Wilson LaMar Hill Jr., 20, of Auburn. Both minors will reportedly be tried as adults, according to ALEA.


The shooting began at Alexis Dowdell’s birthday party after her mother paused the event to ask those with firearms to leave. It is unclear why the perpetrators had guns at the event, as a motive has not yet been established.

Mike Segrest, the Tallapoosa County District Attorney, stated that prosecutors would be asking the judge to hold the teens without bail and explained that while four people have been shot and killed, four more individuals remain in critical condition.

Alabama law enforcement agencies remain vigilant on making arrests.


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