NEW INFORMATION: Investigators Make Arrest in Deadly NW Huntsville Shooting

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Police investigators have made an arrest in connection to a fatal shooting on Thursday night.

A 17-year-old juvenile has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of shooting death of Delawrence Andrew Thomas, 19, of Huntsville, according to police.

Officers on the scene say the shooting happened just before midnight in the 6400 block of Hollow Road in northwest Huntsville.  Police searched the area with K-9 officers in an attempt to find the suspect.

Huntsville Police Chief Lewis Morris would not elaborate on what led to the shooting, but did offer a vague hint on the possible circumstances.

“When people engage in activity that is dangerous or not safe or reckless, there’s generally consequences,” said Morris. “Sometimes the consequences can result in the death of another person.”

Paramedics took Thomas to the hospital in critical condition.  He died a short time later.

According to investigators, the juvenile and Thomas were close acquaintances.

Officers were called to the exact same house for a shooting on January 5th of this year. Investigators say someone shot a man in the arm that afternoon.

24 comments

  • Tim

    So this is murder number 6 so far this year. So I wonder what our Mayor has to say about this. Oh that is right he to busy padding his pocket with all his retail building than to worry about our city going down the toilet.

  • Roral Knightenham

    Tim, you blame the Mayor for this killing? What about the one who did the killing? What were they doing? Second shooting at the same house? Is is a drug deal? Is this black on black? Is this an innocent victim? I doubt it. You should as well. It is a very bad situation. Families have lost a loved one. But where is everyone else during this? Where is the concerned family members to help steer these young men in better directions? But you blame the Mayor? Thats a sorry cheap shot at the Mayor and you know it.

    • Tim

      I would inform you of what I do to help but that would jeopardize my identity and security. As far as the mayor goes, he is responsible for ALL departments of the city. Our law enforcement have had their hands tied more and more each day under his administration and giving them less and less authority to control the city streets. In his speeches he models Huntsville after Birmingham and Memphis, not sure if you have been to either lately but neither are what I want Huntsville to become.

  • Roral Knightenham

    BTW, Tim, what are you doing to help make a difference? My wife and I have adopted two at risk children and have gotten them out of the drug neighborhoods and the crime element.

  • jamison jones

    thats why i hate ‘close acquaintances’…..or ‘homies’… aint no such thing as a strange murder! its usually someone we know. for dudes, its drugs, money and guns! every punk who can’t use fists tries to prove a point. back in the day, we just fought it out, fist on fist…..ad boy respect came out like that. next time we met each other, if he lost, he had to bow down to me or walk far away from me…..

  • cmarcieb

    Tim, You cannot blame the mayor for everything that we do and say – we must take some of the responsibility for both the good and bad ourselves. I agree with the person who asked what YOU are doing to help solve these problems. Most of us aren’t doing anything, because we really don’t know what to do.

  • Walt D.

    I also believe the Mayor should step up and make some changes. First, get some new Leadership at HPD, Morris, Giles, & Jackson have Zero Leadership capabilities (everyone sees that except for the Mayors Office). The Officers / Investigators have extreme Old outdated equipment ie: Cars, No laptop, no tasers, No investigative equipment, No new Training! If u doubt what I’m saying take drive by the Precincts and look.
    The Mayor is defenitely not directly responsible for the shootings that are occurring, But… He needs to make changes immediately, maybe bring someone from outside in to Run the PD. It’s worked for the schools. Just my 2 Cents…

  • las foot

    Blame the police, blame the mayor? why not look at the 7 shootings this year so far as a good thing? That’s 7 less morons out there somewhere, and if the police arrest and convict the murderers, that will be 14 less morons “out there”. Having 14 morons “gone” is better for the rest of us!!

  • Obama Lies

    Walt is correct!!!!!! HPD is so far behind other L.E. agencies when it comes to equipment, training and current technology. They drive vehicles with over 200,000 miles on them. The Mayor won’t come off of any money to buy new cars, but will spend money on putting new engines in cars that have blown engines and transmissions. They spend more money on fixing up broken vehicles than they would if they purchased new ones that are safer.

    • Yaz

      I agree completely about the cars. I have 2 family members who are HPD and their cars are constantly breaking down.

  • Obama Lies

    Why does the black community continue to murder and kill themselves? Take a hard look and you’ll come to your own conclusions if your honest with yourself.

  • Mike

    We all know why. The breakdown of the black family and over 70% of black children born out of wedlock. Baby Daddies are not fathers!

  • Stacy

    Shame on you for blaming the Mayor of our City and HPD. Instead of pointing fingers perhaps you should do something productive like volunteer with an at-risk program or be a leader in your community. It’s just like the school systems, they are failing because you parents want to place blame on the teachers and give them the responsibility of raising your child. Take responsibility people! STOP POINTING FINGERS unless you point one at yourself. We are all guilty of not giving back to our communities. STEP UP and until you do, you are a part of the problem as well.

  • AlabamaEducator

    I happen to be a close friend of the family and you all should be ashamed of yourselves! This boy came from a good home, he was smart, he had a bright future. He was not some bastard child raised in the projects. This was not over drugs or a girl. It was a senseless act of violence that resulted from ignorance, alcohol, and immaturity. You all should be praying for the family not stereotyping them because they are black.

  • Praying mom

    all of u hush a young man is dead and a family is grieving. show some compassion . write the mayor with your comments. thanks a lot

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