Police investigate the scene of a shooting on Woodland Hills Drive in Troy, Ala., Monday, July 8, 2013.  Police say that one person was killed and another injured in the shooting. Tiffany R. Upshaw, 24, of Troy, has been charged with murder in the incident. (Photo/Thomas Graning)
Police investigate the scene of a shooting on Woodland Hills Drive in Troy, Ala., Monday, July 8, 2013. Police say that one person was killed and another injured in the shooting. Tiffany R. Upshaw, 24, of Troy, has been charged with murder in the incident. (Photo/Thomas Graning)

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FATAL SHOOTING

Published 9:40am Monday, July 8, 2013

Woman charged with murder in shooting that left one dead, one injured

One person is dead and another injured after a domestic shooting at Woodland Hills apartments early Monday morning.

Tiffany R. Upshaw
Tiffany R. Upshaw

Tiffany R. Upshaw, 24, of Troy, has been charged with murder and is being held on a $100,000 bond, according to Troy Police Department spokesperson Lt. Bryan Weed.

Melvin Kenyetta Scott, 29, of Troy, was pronounced dead at the scene, said TPD Chief Jimmy Ennis.

The woman renting the apartment where the shooting happened said she received a call from Upshaw, her sister, Sunday night asking if she and her baby could come sleep there because she was afraid of the baby’s father.

Just before the shooting happened about 6:10 a.m., the renter left to go to school.

“I told my boyfriend not to leave because I thought something might happen,” she said.

The renter feels her sister fired a gun to protect herself.

“My boyfriend said, ‘You know your sister had to defend herself,’” the renter said. “I believe that. It’s just hard to think about what happened.”

Upshaw’s child was not harmed, but the renter’s boyfriend was shot in the hand, she said. The renter also said both Upshaw and Scott had been armed with guns.

“I hate that my nephew had to see that,” the renter said. “He’s just three.”

Police did not reveal if both guns were fired, or if they felt Upshaw shot in self defense. Police did release information that Upshaw and Scott were in a dating relationship.

The shooting is still under investigation. Monday morning about 10:30, a crime scene investigator and detectives were still on scene. There was a bullet hole in the apartment’s window and evidence markers and crime scene tape leading out the door and onto the front lawn.

Robby Morrow manages the apartment complex and said there has been never been any crime of this magnitude there before.

“There’s always a little fussing going on, like anywhere,” Morrow said. “But I was surprised to get this call. Especially with this building.”

According to the lease agreement for the property, the renters will likely have to move out. Morrow said the lease states that any crime committed on the property, whether by renter or guest, leads to the lease being terminated.

 

 

  • TPR807

    Feel sorry for her all you want. She’s always been a loose cannon. In highschool she repeatedly hit a guy in the face until he had to take a physical stand to get her to stop… Which is how her nose was broken. Who you should feel sorry for is the child who was apparently near when it happened. And furthermore, the alleged allegations on Melvins side are being told by the suspects family… There’s a probability that they’re made up or bay least exaggerated.

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  • 2cents

    Well, whether she is guilty or not, is irrelevant for her at this point. Sh should be glad that she is in jail… Lots of people think a lot of Melvin.

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  • WDM

    Don’t know any of these people but they sure did charge her with murder fast,but we don’t know all the facts.She went to her sister’s because she was afraid of him,then he shows up just with that info. looks like self defense maybe.

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  • TroyGal

    I saw 2 comments on here this morning that are now gone. Why did they get removed? Neither comment had profanity so I’m wondering why they were removed?

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    • Bill_OReally

      Apparently speculating what an elected official may or may not think regarding a travesty in their district is not allowed.

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  • gottaloveit

    Who does this girl’s hair? And does she do jail visits?

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  • TPR807

    I definitely see your point, but I don’t think that is the case here. She has a very violent past herself, (someone reminded me of an incident of her attempting to stab someone as well), that doesn’t reflect well on the given defense. Just my opinion.

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