Two dead after shooting in Pike County

Published 10:49 pm Sunday, December 16, 2012

The scene of a double shooting on Alabama Highway 125 in Pike County, Ala., was quiet on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. Two people were killed during an exchange of gunfire at the house on Sunday night. (Photo/Thomas Graning)

Two people are dead after a shooting in Pike County Sunday night.

Adrian Cornelius McClendon, 31, of Poplar Avenue in Ozark, and Terrence Terelle Casrell, 24, of 1463 Highway 125 in Brundidge were both shot twice in an exchange of gunfire.

The Pike County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call regarding shots fired at a home on Highway 125 outside of Brundidge in the Tarentum community about 7:30 p.m., according to Pike County Sheriff Russell Thomas.

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When deputies arrived on scene, they found one man deceased inside the home and another had collapsed about 10 feet from the roadway.

“It appears from our investigation that a male subject [McLendon] kicked open the front door of the home,” Thomas said. “Two of the family members were in there watching TV and a male subject [Casrell] came out of the bedroom and there was gunfire exchanged. The man who came out of the bedroom was hit. The man who kicked in the door made it about 25 yards from the home and was found there, deceased.”

Four people were home at the time the door was kicked in, Thomas said, but there were no other injuries.

McClendon and Casrell both had .45-caliber handguns. There were several rounds fired from both weapons, Thomas said. Casrell was fatally shot in the hallway of the home.

“Motive for the crime is still under investigation,” Thomas said.

No further details were available Monday morning as the Sheriff’s Office continued its investigation in conjunction with the 12th Judicial Circuit Court District Attorney’s Office, coroner Jerry Williams and the Alabama Department of Forensic Science. Check back later for updates.