University of Alabama basketball player Darius Miles and another man named Michael Lynn Davis are being charged with capital murder after allegedly shooting and killing a young woman near the Tuscaloosa campus early Sunday.
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Miles, 21, and Davis, 20, were both arrested after they reportedly opened fire on a car in an area near campus known as “The Strip” at approximately 1:45 a.m. according to a local ABC News affiliate.
Jamea Jonae Harris, 23, who was a passenger in the vehicle was struck by a bullet and died, officers reported.
One of the suspects was evidently shot as well after someone in the other car fired back in apparent self-defense at Miles and Davis. It is unknown which suspect was wounded in the shoot-out but they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries at a local hospital.
The driver of the vehicle that was allegedly shot at by Miles and Davis approached campus police near Bryant-Denny Stadium at about 1:45 a.m. telling them that someone had fired into the vehicle and he had fired back.
This young man just ruined so many lives!
— Jeff Nicodemus (@JeffNicodemus1) January 16, 2023
“At this time, it appears that the only motive was a minor altercation that these individuals had with the victim as they were out on The Strip,” Tuscaloosa Police Captain Jack Kennedy said in a news conference Sunday evening and added that they didn’t have a previous relationship.
Ring doorbell video has surfaced showing two women fleeing the shooting, screaming, “Oh my God!” as 11 shots rang out during the altercation.
It isn’t clear which gunshots in the video were fired by whom, or how many each shooter fired.
Miles is from Washington, DC. He was a junior at the University of Alabama and played forward for the school’s basketball team. Miles has reportedly been removed from the team and booted from the school following the shooting, according to a statement released by the university.
“We were made aware of the recent charge against student-athlete Darius Miles; he has been removed from campus and is no longer a member of the Alabama men’s basketball team,” the university stated. “The University of Alabama’s utmost priority is the safety and well-being of the campus community. We are grieved by the incident that occurred near campus last night and extend our deepest condolences to the victim’s family and friends.”
Taking a moment to acknowledge Jamea Harris, the 23-year-old whose life was taken in the shooting involving Darius Miles.
Seeing a lot of "smh ruined his future" & barely any mention of her… which feels very void & apathetic to this beautiful spirit and the family who lost her pic.twitter.com/4rza9xlfgJ
— only here to avoid eye contact in public (@Diamondalxs) January 16, 2023
The university is offering counseling services for students in the wake of the murder.
According to the Daily Mail, Miles openly wept as he was perp-walked to a squad car after being arrested Sunday.
He was seen on camera as he was led out of the Tuscaloosa County Jail in handcuffs.
“I swear I love you more than you can imagine,” Miles yelled at his family as he was loaded into a waiting police car.
University of Alabama basketball player Darius Miles cried out to loved as he’s taken to the Tuscaloosa County Jail Sunday. Miles and Michael Lynn Davis were both charged with capital murder in the shooting death of Jamea Jonae Harris on The Strip just before 2am this morning. pic.twitter.com/Q4SPJryoyi
— Kelvin Reynolds (@Fox6Kelvin) January 16, 2023
None of those in the car that was fired on, including the deceased, were connected with the university. Neither is suspect Michael Lynn Davis according to Kennedy.
There is no bond for either of the suspects.
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