Shooting victims identified

Published 1:07 pm Monday, August 17, 2020

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Police have identified the two men killed during an early morning shootout Saturday in Troy.

Devonta Givens, 25, of Troy, died at Troy Regional Medical Center shortly after the incident. Jhakyndall Johnson, 25, of Troy, died later Saturday at a Dothan hospital.

Three others were injured in the shooting, and one person remains in stable but critical condition in a Montgomery hospital, according to a statement Monday from Troy Police Chief Randall

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The incident took place about 2 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the Pike County Cattleman’s Complex, located in the 12,000 block of U.S. 231 South.

“Officers were dispatched to assist with dispersing a large crowd,” Barr said in a statement. “As the officers were enroute, multiple shots were fired in the parking lot of the complex.”

Bystander video records more than 50 shots being fired.

“When officers arrived, they located two victims on the scene,” Barr’s statement said. “Three additional victims were transported by private vehicle to Troy Regional.”

Ed Whatley, Pike County Cattleman’s Association,  said the Cattlemen’s facility was leased by an individual for a rap concert.

“The individual has leased the facility a number of times before and there have not been any problems or concerns,” he said.

Whatley said the Pike County Cattlemen’s Association does not provide security for leased events.

“Security is up to those who lease the facility,” he said. “Security was provided as required in the lease for Saturday night’s event.  The security was there following the concert when the fighting broke out in the north parking lot.”

Whatley said the Troy Police Department responded and was assisted by the Pike County Sheriff’s Department.

The Pike County Cattlemen’s Association always evaluates its contract, Whatley said.

“We look at the contracts to see if there is anything that needs to be changed or improved and we will do the same thing again in a couple of months.”

Whatley said the Cattlemen Park facility is used primarily for agricultural events but also for civic clubs, churches, country and gospel music concerts.

Whatley said as many as 1,000 people could have attended concerts at the complex.

Whatley said the hearts of all Cattlemen go out to the families of those who died as a result of the shootings at Cattlemen Park  Saturday night and to those who were injured.

“The Pike County Cattlemen’s Association has been leasing the facility for 28 years and never before has law enforcement been called,” Whatley said. “We deeply regret what happened.”

Police continue to investigate with the assistance of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Alabama Department of Forensic Science, Pike County Coroner’s Office, Pike County District Attorney’s Office and the Pike County Sherriff’s Office.

“This is a large crime scene and there were a lot of people on scene when the shooting took place,” Barr said. “Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Troy Police Department at 334-566-0500 or the secret witness line at 334-566-5555.”

We will update as information is available.