BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) — Boaz police identified the man who died Thursday evening in what officials described as a shooting accident at a custom car shop.
Chief Terry Davis said 30-year-old Patrick Daniel Garrett, of Albertville, suffered a gunshot wound at Extreme Concepts on Highway 431 South in Boaz.
Paramedics took him to Marshall Medical Center South, where he was pronounced dead.
The Department of Forensics in Huntsville will perform and autopsy on Garrett’s body.
Investigators said it appears to be an accident and continue to question witnesses.
“There’s nothing that they’ve seen so far that would lead anybody to believe it was nothing more than accidental, discharging a firearm where we had a fatality,” Davis said.
Investigators said the man who shot Garrett was visibly upset.
Davis said he is not a suspect but is considered “a participant in the discharge of a firearm,” and police will not identify him unless charges are filed at a later date.
Officers said both men worked at Extreme Concepts, and both had handguns at the shop.
“From what I know is neither gun was supposed to be loaded but then one was and it went off,” Chief Davis said.
He said Boaz detectives were talking with witnesses to find out if horseplay was involved.
“It’s a very good possibility and we’ll know more when we get deeper into the investigation. We’re pretty much working around the clock on it right now to find out what happened.”
Davis said their findings will be presented to the Marshall County District Attorney’s Office who will present a case to the Grand Jury, but no one has been charged at this time.