Football player charged in shooting incident

Published 9:32 pm Tuesday, December 28, 2010

An Escambia County Blue Devil has been arrested on two charges of shooting into an occupied building and one count of reckless endangerment after he and two other suspects discharged a BB gun last week.

Atmore Police arrested Blue Devils senior quarterback Rico Stallworth for the incident along with Deauntae Keavon Woods from Florida and an unidentified minor.

According to the press release from the APD, shortly after 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 22, Atmore Police officers arrested Woods, 19, of Defuniak Springs, Fla., Stallworth, 18, of Atmore and a 17-year-old male juvenile and charged them with two counts each of shooting into an occupied building and one count of reckless endangerment.

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The three were arrested after they discharged at BB gun at a man, while he was inside a shed at his residence located near Laurel Street. The man called police and gave chase to the three suspects.

They continued to shoot at the victim as he was pursuing them. Officers with the Atmore Police Department located the suspects on Pine Street and following a preliminary investigation placed them under arrest.

It was then discovered that the same offenders had shot into another residence on Pine Street and they were subsequently charged with a second count of shooting into an occupied building.

The following day the Atmore Police received several calls of vehicles that had been shot into with a BB gun. All were in close proximity to the other offenses and had occurred sometime the previous night.

Charges have not yet been filed on these complaints, but will be presented to a grand jury for possible indictment.

Escambia County High School principal Zickeyous Byrd said the incident involving one of his students is “unfortunate.”

“I think it is an unfortunate incident,” Byrd said. We hope that when the dust settles, we will be able to come to some sort of resolution, so he can continue his education after high school.”

Alabama law states “no person shall shoot or discharge a firearm, explosive or other weapon, which discharges a dangerous projectile into any occupied or unoccupied dwelling or building or railroad locomotive or railroad car, aircraft, automobile, truck or watercraft in this state.”

Shooting into an occupied building or vehicle is a Class B Felony. Shooting into an unoccupied building or vehicle is a Class C Felony.