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SUNDAY, JULY 15, 2007

Man charged in shooting at play facility

By Tiffeny Hurtado · 340-2440

North Alabama’s largest indoor child play facility is no place for guns, but on Friday night, shots were fired in the parking lot as children played inside.

A Decatur man is in jail in lieu of $75,000 bond, accused of firing a pistol outside Off the Walls play center at 1000 Beltline Road S.W. in the Plum Tree Center.

Javonne Sears was shot during the altercation, and he was treated and released from Parkway Medical Center.

Willie Laushad Fuqua, 19, of Decatur left the scene and was arrested after his vehicle was stopped at Dodd Street and 12th Avenue Southwest, police said.

Fuqua is charged with felony assault, reckless endangerment and carrying a pistol without a permit. He was transferred to Morgan County Jail.

Decatur police received a call about 10:30 p.m. from an employee at the facility about a fight breaking out in the parking lot.

While taking the call, the dispatcher could hear shots in the background, according to a police press release.

Police responded while employees locked the doors, turned on the lights and contacted parents.

The shooting happened during the facility’s teen night, held every Friday from 9 p.m. to midnight.

“I’m just blown away,” said Allison Crow, owner of Off the Walls. “I just can’t believe this happened.”

Crow said there is security at the door, and no children were involved in the incident who were attending teen night inside.

“Safety is our top priority, and we made sure that nothing was going to happen to those kids,” she said.

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