‘Everybody started running’; folks recount deadly shooting on New Year’s Eve in Downtown Mobile

Mobile, Ala. (WALA) – FOX10 News went to downtown Mobile to talk to people about the New Year’s Eve shooting that left 1 person dead and 9 injured.

FOX10 News told FOX10 News they were thankful they were out on the streets, not at the scene of the shooting.

Still, they remember the moment when people started running for their lives.

The scene in the 200 block of Dauphin Street near Brickyard and Urban Emporium has been mostly cleared. However, evidence of the disaster still remains.

The scene now is a bullet hole in a brickyard window, the windows of an urban emporium, broken glass on the sidewalk, and desperate people.

Tanya Brooks is one of the many people ringing in the New Year with her family on New Year’s Eve.

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“I haven’t been here for years – so after what happened last night – now I’m reconsidering not coming back because I’m scared. “A good, family-friendly event is now changing—it’s making people not want to do anything or go anywhere anymore,” Brooks said.

Meanwhile, Kim Green sees a crowd flying down Dauphin Street- and realizes something is wrong.

“We heard someone say there was a shooting– we didn’t think much of it. We saw people running toward us and that’s when we knew it wasn’t good—something really happened,” Green explained.

“We saw people running two or three times. There was a lot of running and we saw a lot of police on horseback,” Keith Murphy said.

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Both families agree they love Mobile and want the best for the city.

“We want to come out and support our town and do things- we want visitors to come and out-of-town family to come, but right now– we’re thinking about having the whole thing at home next year.– I don’t want to do that,” Kimberly Bassett said.

However, they say the solution is not easy to pinpoint.

“What else can we do? I don’t think the police made a mistake. They were there – they were everywhere. And the fire department. They were doing their thing. ” said John Chambliss.

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“They had a lot of police here – everything was undercover. “They did a good job keeping the mobile on their own,” Green added.

“I don’t know– there was security here. Thank God they were here,” Brooks added.

“Maybe the entrances are monitoring it and scanning for weapons. “I don’t want a flying bullet to hit my grandmother,” Bassett said.

This case is under investigation. FOX10 News will continue to update you as more details are released.

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