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2 charged in connection with fatal Montgomery shooting

Courtney Fuller, 23 (Source; MPD) Courtney Fuller, 23 (Source; MPD)
Brandon McClain was shot Tuesday in parking lot of a gas station at the corner Lower Wetumpka Road and Forbes Drive. Brandon McClain was shot Tuesday in parking lot of a gas station at the corner Lower Wetumpka Road and Forbes Drive.
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

A Montgomery man and his cousin are facing charges in a deadly gas station shooting this week.

Brandon McClain was shot Tuesday in the parking lot of a gas station at the corner Lower Wetumpka Road and Forbes Drive and later died at the hospital.

Relatives say it was McClain's 25th birthday, and he was shot in his side, the bullet damaging vital organs.

On Thursday, Montgomery police revealed they charged Courtney Fuller, 23, of Montgomery, with one count of murder in the case. Fuller was arrested the day of the shooting, but his identity wasn't released for two days as the investigation continued.

Following Fuller's arrest, MPD says they developed more information that led to the arrest of his cousin, 34-year-old Monica Carter, on one count of first degree hindering prosecution.

Fuller is being in the Montgomery County Detention Facility on $75,000 bond. Carter's bond was set at $7,500.

According to police, McClain and Fuller "were acquainted" and the shooting resulted from an ongoing dispute. Montgomery Public Safety Director Christopher Murphy called it "personal."

Family members told WSFA 12 News that McClain didn't get the chance to celebrate his birthday.

"It was just a matter of minutes. He left and told his sister he was going to the store and he never came back," said his grandmother, Annitta Love.

"This is not something that a mother wants to hear a day or two after Mother's Day. No mother wants to hear this. Especially when her child was born on Mother's Day and died two days after Mother's Day this particular year. It was his 25th birthday and so she is devastated," Love said.

Kim Jackson McClain, the victim's mother, was too upset to do an interview but told WSFA that Brandon was a "good son."

Rev. Leon Allen is the assistant minister at Weeping Willow Baptist Church which is located next to the gas station where the shooting took place. He says Brandon McClain had recently turned to the church.

"I'm saddened over this because I just spoke with him two Sundays ago about giving his life to Christ. He was going to push to that point of giving his life to Christ but due to circumstances, someone took his life," Allen said. "In talking with him, he was saying he was nervous and felt like someone was after him. It's an unfortunate tragedy. My prayers go out to the family."

Rev. Allen said the church would be starting an initiative to stop violence and crime in the area and McClain's family is hoping for things to change so other families aren't left in their position, mourning the loss of a loved one.

"This is just a symptom of what's wrong with our youth today. They don't have the home foundation that they need and instead of being surrounded by family and friends, they go out and pick on other people who have family and friends who love them. We just really want to know why. Why Brandon? What was so bad about Brandon? He's being missed already. He's very much so being missed," Love added.

Brandon McClain's family is in the process of making funeral arrangements.

A online fund has been set up by relatives to help with funeral expenses. Donations can also be made at any Wells Fargo branch to the Brandon McClain Memorial Fund. 

Police say McClain's murder marked Montgomery's sixth homicide in 2014.

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