Police investigate apparent argument that led to shooting
By Holly Hollman
NORTH COURTLAND — On Saturday night, authorities still were trying to sort out exactly what happened during what appears to have been gambling night at a North Courtland residence that ended with one man shot in the buttock.
The brouhaha involved three agencies, starting in North Courtland and ending in Decatur.
North Courtland Police Chief Alex Taylor and Decatur police officials did not return The Daily’s calls. Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell, whose department briefly assisted, had sketchy details.
Apparently some men were upset after losing money while gambling at a North Courtland home Friday night and Saturday morning. They returned to recover their money, which led to one man getting shot in the buttock.
That man drove himself to Decatur, possibly intent on getting to Decatur General Hospital.
According to the Morgan County 911 Center call sheet, Decatur police responded to a shooting victim at 1:56 a.m. Saturday on Alabama 20 at Red Hat Road.
The shooter also drove to Decatur by that area, and Decatur police searched for him in a field near 3M.
An officer working Decatur police’s front desk said no one was available Saturday to talk about that search.
Mitchell said North Courtland police transferred four people to his jail: Javahn Steve Berry, McKenley Bolding and Shad L. Houston, all charged with gambling; and Michael Mason, charged with conspiracy to promote gambling and tampering with evidence.
Mitchell said the four are from the Courtland area.
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