• Victims identified, suspect arrested in Deadly Dyersburg birthday party shooting

    By: Jerrita Patterson


    An arrest has been made in a Dyersburg shooting that left one dead and seven others injured at a toddler's birthday party.

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    Police have confirmed 29-year-old Torius Russell of Ripley has been charged in connection to the fatal mass shooting. He is charged with first degree murder of 21-year-old Shanice Amerson.

    >>Suspect arrested in Dyersburg birthday party shooting

    The ages of the victims range from 6 to 32. 


    The shooting happened Thursday night at a 2-year-old's birthday party. The victims were on the front porch when the shots were fired. 

    A 21-year-old woman, Shanice Amerson, was killed. 

    38-year-old Lakisha Rolling and a 6-year-old boy remain hospitalized with multiple gunshot wounds. 

    Five other people, 22-year-old Latonia Reenis Hunt, 37-year-old Mazie Jacobs, 23-year-old Charles Jackson, 32-year-old Diley McVay, and a 12-year-old boy, were all treated and released. 

    We first updated FOX13 news app users with a notification just after 12 p.m. Friday that the victims had been identified.

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    The shooting occurred in the 100 block of Longfellow. Police said there have been other incidents here, but not shootings. 

    Police initially said they were looking for three shooters, but only Russell has been arrested, and they said all other suspects have been cleared. 

    >>What you need to know about Torius Russell, deadly Dyersburg shooting suspect 

    Police told FOX13 officers were called to the home earlier in the day for a disturbance involving weapons. Police said a white vehicle came by the house with multiple people inside, and one had a gun. 

    Officers found the car later, but found no weapon and said only one of the suspects were inside the car. That incident is being investigated. 

    Stephanie Childress was sitting down, waiting to cook dinner when she heard two shots. She was one of the first on the scene. 

    "As a mom, you want to help," Childress said. "You don't want to see anyone else's kids get hurt, and just, I felt I could do more, and it hurts that couldn't do more," she said with tears in her eyes. 

    Tennessee Highway Patrol is assisting with the investigation. 

    According to the Dyersburg Mayor John Holden, we know two of the victims were air-lifted to Regional One here in Memphis.

    #BREAKING Family and friends just arrived back at the home. Loud sobs can be heard from inside. This is heartbreaking... @FOX13Memphis pic.twitter.com/R0F2j4ddst

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    Russell's bond is set at $2.5 million. He is due in court on November 28 at 4 p.m. 

    FOX13 has team coverage as we dig into the investigation in Dyersburg.  

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