Deputies with the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office discovered a victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the back after responding to a report of a shooting last Sunday at the Sportsman’s Club on County Road 160, north of Lafayette, according to a release from the agency. Taken to East Alabama Medical Center via Lafayette Emergency Management Services, the victim has been uncooperative in providing information to investigators. Law enforcement officials are asking anyone with information to contact the Investigative Division at 334-864-4300.
AUBURN, Ala.- When you hear the song “Do Your Ears Hang Low?” coming from the gray van with frozen treats pictured on the side of his truck, you know Suleiman Alfa is behind the wheel and getting ready to spread joy to the neighborhood.
Alfa, who went to Auburn University and worked his way through school began selling ice cream to the community 21 years ago. In that time, he’s touched the lives of thousands of people in more ways than delivering a tasty treat. He knows everyone by name, and has sold ice cream to the likes of Super Bowl Champion and Auburn native, Demarcus Ware and more.
“They can hear the music,” Alfa said from his Midtown Medical Center hospital room on Friday. “They have good ears. They can hear me miles away. They’re waiting for me. When I go to Grove Hill and I see those smiles. It’s a great joy to go home and know those kids are happy.”
In addition to driving his ice cream truck, Alfa works at the Marathon Gas Station along Columbus Parkway in Opelika. He works there to pay his son’s college tuition. He was working from 11 p.m. Sunday to 7 a.m. Monday when the store was robbed. Alfa said two men came in the store and shot the customer and went around the counter and told him to get on the ground while asking for the money.
On the way out of the store, one of the men shot Alfa four times.
“I begged him,” Alfa said. “I said, please, I’m a 57-year-old man. There’s nothing I can do. Please. While I laid down, I begged he stop shooting. Please. I begged him for my life, but he kept shooting.”
Elizabeth Garrett has lived in the Grove Hill neighborhood in Auburn for almost 12 years. She said Alfa has known her two kids since they were six and three. She said when she hears that song, she and her family will come out to say hi, even if they don’t have a sweet tooth at that time.
“He just brings a lot of happiness and joy,” Garrett said. “When you hear him coming, everybody comes out to get ice cream and to say hello to him and visit with him. He’s always happy.”
Garrett’s son, Wheeler said he was devastated when he learned what happened to Alfa.
“Everybody in my neighborhood loves him,” Wheeler Garrett said. “I’m 14, and I still go out to see the ice cream man. He’s a really nice guy.”
In light of what happened, Elizabeth Garrett and others in the neighborhood have come together and created at GoFundMe to help him cover his expenses.
Those in the neighborhood say there will be a void without Alfa and his truck, but hope that he and his shining smile can make a comeback soon.
“Auburn is a family,” Alfa said. “We are a family in Auburn. It’s a community where everybody knows everybody. We love each other, and we take care of each in Auburn,
Nate slogged its way across the U.S. East Coast yesterday, dumping heavy rain and bringing gusty winds a day after Hurricane Nate brought a burst of flooding and power outages to the U.S. Gulf Coast. the region was spared the kind of catastrophic damage left by Irma & Harvey that hit the southern U.S. and Caribbean. Nate — the 1st hurricane to make landfall in Mississippi since Katrina in 2005 — quickly lost strength yesterday, w/its winds diminishing to a tropical depression. It was a Category 1 hurricane when it came ashore outside Biloxi early yesterday, its 2nd landfall after initially hitting southeastern Louisiana Saturday evening.
Three arrests were made in the span of just a week in an ongoing investigation by Dadeville police involving charges of murder and attempted murder. The arrests stem from a Sept. 28th incident involving gunshots heard in the Jah Street area. Police found 2 victims with gunshot wounds, both were taken to Lake Martin Community Hospital. One of the victims, 27 yr old John Adamson, of Jacksons Gap, died. The other, 37-year-old Jackson’s Gaps resident Gerald Haggerty, was airlifted to Columbus Regional Hospital where he was later listed in stable condition. Tavorick Black, 18, of Dadeville and Daquon Sheeley, 21, of Jacksons Gap were arrested and charged with murder. Police are still investigating the case and are asking if you have information to call Dadeville Police at 256-825-6212, or the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department at (256) 825-4264.
TROPICAL WEATHER-ALABAMA— Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has issued a statewide state of emergency ahead of Tropical Storm Nate. Nate is expected to reach the northern Gulf Coast over the weekend as a hurricane, when it makes landfall Sunday morning. A National Weather Service graphic released yesterday afternoon shows Lee County has a 30 percent chance of being impacted by sustained winds greater than 39 mph during the day Sunday. Stronger gusts are possible in Lee County, and heavy rain could accompany thunderstorms as early as tomorrow morning. Along the Alabama coast, winds of 75 mph and gusts to 90 mph are expected. Further inland over the western two-thirds of the state, sustained winds of 35-45 mph with gusts to 60 mph are forecast as far north as the Birmingham/Gadsden region. The emergency declaration is effective as of this morning at 7 a.m. In a news conference yesterday, Ivey said she signed the declaration because it frees up personnel and resources in case there’s a need to respond to any storm-related activity.