Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Drive-by Shooting Revealed As Hoax

What some people thought from the beginning has now been revealed to be true by police in Algood. A reported "drive-by shooting" last week turns out to be a hoax. And Algood police chief Jim Eldridge says two people are now facing charges in the incident. 22-year-old Alicia Montero of Maddux Court, Algood, who drove the shooting victim to the hospital last week, has been charged with filing a false report. Meanwhile, Eldridge says 24-year-old Alicia Rae Willoughby, also of Maddux Court, has been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The 15-year-old "victim" was reportedly shot in the leg by someone who yelled racial slurs before firing the gun. But Eldridge says an investigation revealed that while the boy, a runaway from Bolivar, Tenn., was indeed shot in the leg, that shooting did not take place as he claimed, and the chief says there is no evidence that racism played any role. He declined to say how the boy came to be shot, but says Montero allegedly assisted the boy in covering up the facts of the shooting and says more arrests are pending as the investigation continues.