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Funeral set for teen killed in Sunoco shooting, investigation continues

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Investigators with Huntsville Police said they are still interviewing witnesses in attempt to track down the person who pulled the trigger at Sunoco early Wednesday morning, killing 18-year-old Ashia Oliver.

Now, flowers line the street where the teen died, and the community is in mourning.

The shooting happened around 3:00 a.m Wednesday morning. Oliver died at the scene and two others went to the hospital. Deputy Chief Kirk Giles says at last word, one was still in critical condition. Giles said the shooting was a result of an on-going fight between several girls. Around 100 people were following the girls when the ended up at the Sunoco on Pullaski Pike. Police said Oliver was not involved with the fight that led to that shooting.

So far, no one is in custody in connection with the shooting, but Giles said more and more witnesses are coming forward with information to help the case.

“We have interviewed several people in the last few days, and we are trying to piece it down or put it down if you would. We’re saying, ‘okay we know this person was here, we know this person was here. What were they doing when you saw them?’. We have to ascertain what their actions were.”

A large crowd of people were at the gas station when several shots were fired. Giles says that makes it hectic during an investigation, with conflicting information and second guessing.

“We’re trying to, as quickly as we can, get to all the people we can to tell us exactly what you saw. Not what somebody else told you you saw, and it takes time to sort through all of that,” he said.

With all the evidence found at the scene, investigators say there’s a good chance more than one weapon was involved, So, they also have to determine who had the guns and who shot what.

“It just takes a while to pin it all down. Plus, we have to have the physical evidence to back it up.”

This is the second Lee High School student shot and killed at a gas station in six months. A man shot 21-year-old Mercedes Morris to death outside of a gas station on Sparkman Drive on new year’s day.

Lee High School Principal Kevin  Wieseman released a statement of condolences on behalf of the school.

He writes, “the Lee High faculty, staff and students would like to express our sincere condolences on the passing of Ashia Oliver. Ashia recently graduated from Lee High School on May 23, 2014 with 194 of her classmates. It’s the joyful things that occurred in our school that we will remember from this young lady. We know grief is greater, but, we hope the family will find peace in each other’s company and memories as we will at Lee High.”

The funeral service for Oliver will be at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 30 at Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. Interment will be in the Valhalla Memory Gardens.

If you have any information on this shooting, you are asked to call the Huntsville Police Department.