Police respond to shooting in downtown Tuscaloosa

UPDATE (3:10 p.m): UA running back Kenyan Drake was arrested at the scene and charged with misdemeanor obstruction of government operations, according to the Tuscaloosa County Sherrif’s Department. 

According to the department, Drake entered the crime scene to reach his vehicle, after being informed that he would have to wait until the crime scene had been released by local law enforcement. Drake was immediately arrested and charged with Obstructing Governemental Operations. Drake was held in Tuscaloosa County Jail, pending a $1,000.00 bond. 

“I’m aware of the situation with Kenyan and will handle it once I’ve had a chance to review all of the information and talk to the appropriate people,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said in a UA Athletics release. 

Police officers responded to a shooting on 4th St. in downtown Tuscaloosa after witnessing one man fire a hand gun at another man.

“The officer yelled out to the individual with the gun and the guy turned with his gun on the officer and the officer fired a shot at the guy,” Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steve Anderson said. “The guy was struck in the arm. He was taken into custody.”

The incident occurred shortly after 1 a.m., Anderson said. LaKendrick Prewitt shot Jonathan Williams in the stomach after an altercation. The officer then fired upon Prewitt, shooting him in the arm. Both men have been transported to the hospital.

“Right now we don’t think that we’ll have any charges on Jonathan Williams, he seems to have just been part of the initial altercation but was trying to leave when he was shot by LaKendrick Prewitt,” Anderson said.

There were no other injuries in the crossfire. Three vehicles located on the street were hit by gunfire.

Prewitt was charged with two counts of attempted murder, one count of reckless endangerment and one count of certain persons forbidden to carry a firearm.

The Crimson White will update this article as more information becomes available.