Search ends for suspect in Lakefront Drive shooting


UPDATE: Huntsville Police said Cornett Evans, wanted in connection with Thursday’s shooting on Lakefront Drive, is dead.

According to Huntsville Police, authorities found Evans at a Super 8 on First Avenue in Birmingham on Friday morning. Authorities said they attempted to make contact with him and heard a gunshot. When authorities entered the room, they found Evans had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to Huntsville Police.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville police said they were searching Thursday afternoon for a man accused of shooting a woman at an apartment complex off Zierdt Road.

Police said Cornett Demetric Evans, 46, is wanted for murder.

Evans is 5 feet 11 inches tall and 193 pounds. He may be in a gold-colored Jeep Patriot with Alabama tag number YAN258. He also may be armed, and police said he has made threats to harm himself.

Anyone who has seen Evans is asked to contact Huntsville police at 256-722-7100.

The shooting happened around 11:40 a.m. at Sunlake at Edgewater on Lakefront Drive. Police and emergency responders could be seen in front of one of the buildings, which was blocked off with crime scene tape.

Huntsville Police Department spokesman Lt. Michael Johnson said the shooting happened in the parking lot in front of one of the buildings. The victim was taken to Huntsville Hospital with life-threatening injuries. Around 4:15 p.m. police said the woman had died, and homicide investigators had gotten a warrant for murder.

The woman’s name was not released.

After the shooting, police went searching for the suspect at an apartment on Chasewood Drive but did not locate him.

Police searched for the shooting suspect at an apartment complex on Chasewood Drive.

The Birmingham VA Medical Center and Clinic closed down Thursday afternoon and canceled appointments after learning Evans might be headed to the area, VA spokesman Jeffrey Hester said. There was no indication that Evans had actually been at the facility, he said, and they were working closely with Birmingham police.

Hester confirmed both the Birmingham and Huntsville VA Clinics re-opened for normal business hours Friday.