UPDATE 09/24/2021 10:31 p.m. – Russell County Coroner Arthur Sumbry confirms with News 3 the identities of all four victims from todays shootings.
35-year-old Jessica Martin and infant were pronounced dead at Piedmont Regional Hospital.
40-year-old Richard Cook was pronounced dead on scene.
47-year-old Jeffrey Lynn Martin pronounced dead on scene. Coroners and police say he died by what appears to be a self-inflicted gun shot wound.
All bodies will be sent to forensics for autopsies on Monday.
UPDATE 09/24/2021 5:40 p.m. – Phenix City Police are investigating an apparent murder suicide in which three people have been killed and the suspect is also dead. According to police, the incident is the result of a “domestic violence encounter.”
Officials say on Sept. 24, 2021, Phenix City Police responded to the 3700 block following reports of a shooting.
When police arrived, they found the first victim, a man dead from a gunshot wound. Just after finding the man, police found the second victim, a pregnant woman. She had also been shot. The woman was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead. Doctors attempted to save the unborn baby, but her child also died as a result of the shooting.
The names of the victims are not being released at this time.
Witnesses told police they had saw a man run from the crime scene and go into the woods near the home. Police set up a perimeter at the crime scene and brought in a tracking dog to help search for the man. Both the Russell County Sheriff’s Office and Alabama State Trooper were brought in to aid in the search for the man.
Police were able to find the man, who was dead from an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound, according to officials.
This individual’s name is also not being released at this time.
Both lane of Hwy 80 are blocked off as police continue to investigate the incident.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Phenix City Police at (334) 298-0611 or (334) 448-2825.
UPDATE 09/24/2021 4:15 p.m. – Russell County Coroner Arthur Sumbry confirms there are four people dead at or near a home off of Hwy 80 in Phenix City.
Police responded to the scene near Misty Lane Friday afternoon.
According to the Chief Assistant District Attorney for Russell County, Rick Chancey, three adults and one unborn child are dead.
Two different crime scenes are being investigated in connection to the deaths.
According to Chancey, the incident is a domestic incident. Multiple shell casing have been found at the home. Chancey says investigators believe a domestic dispute led to multiple rounds being fired inside a home.
At this time names of the victims are not being released.
PHENIX CITY, Ala. (WRBL) – There is a heavy police presence in Phenix City on Hwy 80. Law enforcement appear to be searching in the area Hwy 80 near Misty Lane.
Multiple law enforcement agencies are responding to the scene, including Phenix City Police, the Russell County Sheriff’s Office, and Alabama State Troopers.
The Russell County Coroner’s Office is also on scene.
Police are asking everyone to avoid the area.
WRBL News 3 has a reporter on scene and is working to gather more information. Stay with us on-air and online for new details as they become available.