FLORENCE, Ala. - The Florence Police Department is on the scene of a shooting on East Limestone Street.
The incident happened early Tuesday morning near the intersection of Plum Street.
As officers were responding to the scene they were notified by a homeowner that a home invasion had occurred at his residence resulting in the shots being fired.
Officers say they located a black male who has been identified as 26-year-old James Devaughn Demoss, of Hanceville, Alabama, who had been shot multiple times by the homeowner inside his residence. Mr. Moss was provided first aid by responding officers and was transported to ECM hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Detectives believe there is a very real chance there is someone else who may have been shot.
Hospitals across the southeast have been alerted there could be another victim by authorities.
"We're continuing to investigate the circumstances that led to the shooting this morning, the number of people involved and we have recovered a tremendous amount of evidence." says Sgt. Brad Holmes of the Florence Police Department.
Investigators say it appears multiple people shot weapons during the incident.
Based on the evidence in this case police say they do not believe that this is a random act of violence. Authorities say they believe that this particular residence was specifically targeted.
At this point in the investigation, evidence indicates that Mr. Moss may not have acted alone. Investigators are continuing to speak with witnesses in hopes of identifying others who may have direct or indirect knowledge of the events leading up to today’s shooting.
Sgt. Holmes say detectives have been interviewing numerous people through-out the day. They are hoping the people being interviewed can shed some light on what happened to cause so many gunshots to be fired.
"I think it would be inappropriate at this time for our agency to speculate on what might have happened. We seek justice, we seek the truth in these situations and so we want to make sure we have our facts so that we do give that best information to you and the community." says Holmes.
Florence police are asking for the communities help in locating potential witnesses in this case. Anyone with information about the shooting on East Limestone Street is asked to contact them at 256-760-6610.