Friends Say 30th Murder Victim Killed Hours Before Her Child's Birthday

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By Jessica Gertler

From Montgomery-- Family and friends are searching for answers after a woman is shot dead at an apartment complex off Decatur Street. It's Montgomery's 30th homicide of the year. Police say 23-year-old Alicia Scott was an innocent bystander sitting outside her apartment when several men started shooting at each other.

"It started off like two shots and then they hit like four more. It all started over a robbery though. A robbery gone bad. It's a neighborhood against a neighborhood," says a witness who didn't want to give his name for safety reasons.

The screams echo as Scott is carried out of her Patterson Court apartment. The witness says Scott was shot and killed in front of her children.

"She died instantly. They hit her in the head. She was like in a position where she was like clutching her baby," says the witness.

Scott is a mother of three. Her two year old's old birthday is today. 

Twala McClendon was good friends with Scott.

"She was an excellent mom. She stayed clean. She was fixing to move. She talked about it all day yesterday. She said she was fixing to move," says McClendon. "She was just happy. Nothing brought her down."

Police say the shooting stemmed from a robbery and drugs were present. They say Scott was not involved.

"What bothers me the most about this case is that the people who live in that apartment knew this activity was going on, and no one came forward," says Montgomery Police Chief Kevin Murphy.

A day later Patterson Court is quiet. Scott's sister stopped by the apartment to get a few things. Neighbors greeted her with hugs. The sadness too much to talk about.

McClendon says Scott's family is taking care of her children.

"It's just hard for her to be so young, and she has three children left behind. That could have been anybody," says McClendon.

No arrests have been made. Police say warrants were signed for capital murder this afternoon. 

They would not release the name of the suspect, but  they are thanking residents for coming forward with information. 

Police say they expect to make an arrest very soon.

 



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