Shooting victim’s family wants answers

Published 9:43 pm Monday, June 6, 2011

Judy McGinnis says she’s searching for answers as her son battles for his life.

McGinnis is the mother of Michael Long, a 35-year-old Troy man who was in critical condition in a Montgomery hospital Monday, four days after being shot in a domestic dispute.

“Troy is not giving us any answers, and my family and I … we’re going to demand justice,” McGinnis said.

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Troy Police said last week the incident occurred around 9:30 p.m. Thursday at a residence on Pike County Road 5513 near Livingston Crossroads. Sgt. Benny Scarbrough said the shooting victim, a 35-year-old male, was involved in a domestic dispute with a 34-year-old woman. During this dispute, a 61-year-old man shot the other man twice in the upper torso with a handgun. The older man is a relative of the woman involved in the domestic dispute, Scarbrough said.

The victim was taken to Troy Regional Medical Center and transferred to a Montgomery hospital, where he remained in critical condition on Monday. “Yesterday my son almost died, and I almost died right there with him,” McGinnis said. “Every time I see my son fighting for his life, I don’t know what to do.”

Police have declined to identify the individuals involved in the shooting incident, citing ongoing investigations.

“We’re not going to identify any of the people involved because we have an ongoing investigation,” he said. “Actually, it’s two investigations: one on the domestic dispute and another on the shooting.”

That answer hasn’t satisfied McGinnis. “They’re not telling us anything,” she said, “only that there will be an ongoing investigation .”

Scarbrough said a 20-month-old child was at the residence at the time of the incident and the Department of Human Resources was called to the scene.

As of Friday, no arrests had been made in either investigation. The 12th Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s office is assisting in the investigation. District Attorney Tom Anderson could not be reached for comment.