7 victims identified who were shot, killed overnight Thursday in Morgan County

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VALHERMOSO SPRINGS, Ala. (WHNT) – A homicide investigation is underway after seven people and a dog were found dead in a Morgan County home.

Authorities identified the victims as Tammy England Muzzey, 45, of Valhermoso Springs, Emily Brooke Payne, 21, of Valhermoso Springs, Roger Lee Jones Jr., 19 of Decatur, Jeramy Wade Roberts, 31, of Athens, and William Zane Hodgin, 18, of Sommerville, James Wayne Benford, 22, of Decatur, and a 17-year-old female.

Tammy England Muzzey

Family members of Tammy England Muzzey confirmed that she was among the victims in the shooting.

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office confirms deputies responded to a gunshot call on Talucah Road around Midnight Friday where multiple fatalities were reported. When Deputies arrived they found the home on fire but say they were able to put out the flames before firefighters arrived.

The Morgan County Sheriffs Office has made contact with some of the victims families but still working to identify the other victims to notify next of kin.

“This was not a just happened upon and this little thing happened. This is a big scene. It is horrific in scope, from the district attorney to the sheriff to the coroner, no one can remember anything like this in Morgan County,” said MCSO Public Information Officer Mike Swafford.

The sheriff’s office says the shooting victims were all adults and consisted of four men, three women, and a dog. The report says all victims were shot dead.

No suspects are in custody but deputies don’t believe there is a further threat in the area.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office and FBI Violent Crimes Task Force are assisting in the investigation.

Just after 6:45 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office confirmed to WHNT News 19 a dog was killed as well, but wasn’t sure how it happened.

MCSO Public Information Officer Mike Swafford said they’ve had more than 5 calls to them home this year alone. 

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