1 dead, 8 shot in Atmore

Birthday party involving more than 700 people turns tragic at Atmore Family Life Center Saturday

A birthday bash Friday night at the old Escambia County Middle School in Atmore turned deadly early Saturday morning when gunfire erupted leaving one person dead and eight others shot.

Atmore Police Chief Chuck Brooks identified the person killed as Chirshawn Jermaine Westry, 19, of Atmore.

Brooks reported police received a 911 call at about 2 a.m. Saturday in response to shots being fired at the Atmore Family Life Center at 100 Martin Luther King drive.

He stated when police arrived on the scene they heard gunshots going off around the property. Officers began assisting gunshot victims as...