TUSCUMBIA, Ala. - Authorities placed area schools on lockdown Wednesday after a shooting happened nearby. Tuscumbia police say three men were shot and two of them have died in an incident that happened near East 10th Street and South East Street.
Tuscumbia Police Chief Tony Logan says the original 911 call was for a wrecked vehicle but when officers got to the scene, they found one person shot inside the car.
Emergency crews airlifted that man from the scene and transported him a hospital in Tupelo, Mississippi. Authorities confirmed that both of the men that were taken to the hospital were in critical condition. Tuscumbia Police confirmed that man taken to the hospital in Tupelo died.
Witnesses told police a second wounded man left the area and went to Helen Keller Hospital in a personal vehicle. Emergency crews later transported him to UAB Hospital in Birmingham. Tuscumbia Police say he is in critical condition and is scheduled for surgery Thursday morning.
During the investigation, it was discovered there was a third person who had left the vehicle with a gunshot injury. Authorities confirm that man was found dead in the woods near the shooting scene.
"It's very early in the investigation to try and get the circumstances and witnesses together," said Logan. "Really not sure what all led to what happened this afternoon, other than the fact we do know that we are comfortable in feeling we are not looking for another shooter."
Authorities say all three of the men who were shot were in their late teens, or early 20s.
The schools were placed on lockdown as a precaution.