Mobile experienced another round of violence early in the new year after a shooting early Monday morning left a 19-year-old man dead.
According to Mobile Police, the shooting occurred at 12:16 a.m. in the 300 block of Dauphin Street. Police arrived at the scene and found a man with a gunshot wound. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Police did not release the victim’s name pending notification from next of kin. This incident is still under investigation and no arrests have been made. Police are asking the public to contact them at 251-208-7211 if they have any information that could help the investigation. Alternatively, police are asking anyone to provide information anonymously by texting 844-251-0644 or visiting mobilepd.org/crimetip.
The shooting occurred about a block away from where a fatal shooting occurred on New Year’s Eve last year. Thomas Earl Thomas Jr., 23, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, the maximum penalty allowed under federal law, for possessing a machine gun that he fired into a crowd of revelers in the 200 block of Dauphin Street. He is currently in prison. One person was killed and nine injured. The ages of the injured ranged from 17 to 57. Thomas faces additional charges in state court.
The shooting caused chaos in downtown Mobile, near where the annual MoonPie Over Mobile event is held. There is no indication that there was a similar reaction to Monday’s shooting.
Monday’s shootings occurred even as riot police announced they would step up enforcement during this year’s festival. The department announced last week that it would deploy additional police officers to cover the event, including traffic patrols, bicycle patrols, mounted patrols, foot patrols and undercover detectives. Police say uniformed officers will be “visible” throughout the event.