SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) – On Saturday night, Chris Denard was watching football when he heard gunshots being fired outside his house.
“I heard the sound of the gunshots, like three sounds. I wasn’t quite sure where it came from,” said Denard. “Then I went out to kind of see what was going on. I saw several police officers outside and a person lying on the road.”
Sheffield Police say a shooting occurred at around 10:30 p.m. at 3516 18th Court.
Twenty-seven-year-old Thomas Grant Campbell, Amanda Fleming and her two kids were visiting James Christopher Martin.
According to police, Campbell was shot during an argument in Martin’s backyard. Investigators say Fleming and her two children were there during the shooting.
Police reports say Fleming was being held at knifepoint by Campbell in front of her children.
“We were told one of the children actually begged for their mother’s life, and then just a few seconds later a person was shot,” said Sheffield Police Chief Greg Ray. “You know that’s something you’re not ever going to forget. It’s going to stay with you forever. That’s tragic in itself, not to mention the death of this young man. Nothing good is going to come from this at all.”
Campbell was taken to Helen Keller hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He was a former Marine who was dishonorably discharged.