The shooting occurred at a birthday party in Dadeville, Alabama.
Four people were killed and 28 others injured in a shooting in a rural Alabama town late Saturday.
The shooting took place at a crowded birthday party in the small town of Dadeville, located approximately 60 miles northeast of Montgomery, according to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.
Philstavious “Phil” Dowdell
Philstavious “Phil” Dowdell, a senior at Dadeville High School, was one of the four people who died, his coach Roger McDowell told ABC News.
He was a star high school football player — a standout wide receiver — and track team member, his coach said.
Dowdell had committed to attending Jacksonville State University on a football scholarship, McDowell said.
“He was a great young man with a bright future,” Rich Rodriguez, Jacksonville State’s head football coach, tweeted. “My staff and I are heartbroken and hope that everyone will support his family through this difficult time.”
“Phil was humble with a major smile,” McDowell told ABC News. “He had one goal to get to the NFL and take care of his mom.”
McDowell said he also knew a teenage girl who was killed in the shooting. He said she was a senior and the manager of the track and football teams.
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.