7 victims identified in Valhermoso Springs shooting

7 victims identified in Valhermoso Springs shooting
Authorities remained on the scene from last Thursday night into Friday afternoon. (Source: WAFF)

VALHERMOSO SPRINGS, Ala. (WAFF) - We’re learning more about a deadly incident at a home in Valhermoso Springs.

There are seven total victims.

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office publicly identified:

  • Tammy England Muzzey, age 45 of Valhermoso Springs.
  • Emily Brooke Payne, age 21 of Valhermoso Springs.
  • Roger Lee Jones Jr., age 19 of Decatur.
  • Jeramy Wade Roberts, age 31 of Athens.
  • William Zane Hodgin, age 18 of Somerville.
  • James Wayne Benford, age 22 of Decatur.
  • A 17-year-old female has been identified but her name was not released.

Neighbors called 911 around 11:35 p.m. Thursday night to report shots fired on Talucah Road. They said they heard the shooting over the course of an hour. When deputies arrived, they said the house was on fire. Emergency crews say they found seven adults dead inside the home after putting the fire out. Officials say they those victims - three women and four men - were shot. Some were shot multiple times. A dog was also killed. Morgan County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Mike Swafford said there were no survivors inside the home but neighbors have been able to provide some tips that they’re using to chase down leads.

Morgan County investigators are now saying they do not believe this is a domestic violence situation, and believe this was a targeted attack. Against whom, they either do not know or will not say at this point. Swafford says the suspect or suspects came to the home, attacked, and left. It’s not clear right now how many shooters were involved.

Investigators are trying to piece together what happened, and said on social media that there are no suspects in custody but they do not believe there is an ongoing threat to the area. Swafford says they’re calling for assistance in processing such an overwhelming scene. “We have called in assistance from the Madison County Sheriff’s Crime Scene Unit, they’ll partner with ours to process the scene.” Swafford said. “Our agencies are very capable but any time there are multiple bodies, it is a substantial task, so we’ll be out here for the rest of the night and most of tomorrow.”

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