Morningstar Shooting Suspect Identified

Way off of County Road 2 in the Morningstar community sits the Morningstar Youth Community Center. That is where Sumter County Sheriff Tyrone Clark says 31-year old Detrick Bell of York was shot to death.

"What we had happen was we had a function there at the community center," Sheriff Clark explains. "It got out of hand, out of control, however you may want to call it. Where an alterication broke out between some individuals. Where it left one person dead."

Sheriff Clark tells Newscenter 11 that multiple eyewitnesses have identified the shooter as Sherman Porter of New Orleans. He says at this time, it appears the motive of the shooting is drug-related.

Authorities are actively searching for Porter now, but so far have not located him. Clark says Porter and Bell did not know each other prior to the shooting.

"No, I don't think so," Clark says. "Because from information that we've gathered, it's like an introductory to everybody in and around the shooting area, introducing Mr. Sherman Porter."

Clarke says in recent days, there have been random shots fired at homes in the Morningstar community, which he says he believes are connected to Saturday night's deadly shooting. He tells us he's hoping the public will help in solving this case as well.

If you have any information that can help authorities, please contact the anonymous tip line at 205-652-7984.


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  • by just me Location: huntsville on Jun 28, 2012 at 12:00 PM
    Mr Chip Scarborough next time interview a fifth grader their smarter "lol'.
  • by mocha latte Location: Tuscaloosa on Jun 27, 2012 at 05:45 PM
    Regardless, a life was taken. Drugs, gang, sex, whatever a life was taken senselessly. There is no beef worth taking someones life. Are we not seeing the picture here. The family is left to raise his child and if the suspect had children his family is left to raise his children. Instead of us fighting each other we need to come up with solutions on how to end this fight of black on black crime. Tyrone ifs not the problem we are the problem. he is whom you guys voted in office. We as parents need to take a stand and get our children back. Drugs, violence, gangs etc.....is taking our younger generation. That's what we need to focus on. I'm fighting for my own children to get their lives together and don't end up being another case. Let's keep both families in our prayers because both boys are gone
  • by peaches Location: huntsville on Jun 26, 2012 at 01:11 PM
    tyrone clark isnt even on the case and then he releases a fake name come on man and you're the sheriff..sounds like hes covering up for somebody...
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      by just me on Jun 26, 2012 at 09:32 PM in reply to peaches
      funny how the sheriff knows about all drug related incidents but never make any arrest well at least not in bellemy come tyrone your name don't even deserve to be capitalized dude ___ ____ ___ ____ ___ ____.
  • by Me on Jun 24, 2012 at 10:14 AM
    I am also from York and Tyrone Clark has a problem with the entire family. Not just him. This was my family member and it hurt so bad to know that this is what they thought about this case. Even if drugs were involved that shouldn't have been bought up unless it was found on the scene which it wasn't. I think ABI is working the case but I'm not for sure. They need to because it will never be solved waiting kn Tyrone. He is a sad case and do not deserve his title. He didn't even think enough of the family or case to come to the scene or the funeral. If it was Hatter he would have been there in the blink of an eye. Lord protect our county because Tyrone just got the title.
  • by MRS. LAUDERDALE Location: MERIDIAN on Jun 21, 2012 at 04:19 PM
    ITS SO SAD WHEN ALL YOU CAN SAY ABOUT SOMEONE GETTING SHOT DOWN IS DRUG RELATED. WITHER DRUGS WHERE INVOLVED OR NOT HE WAS SOMEONES CHILD,BROTHER,FATHER,UNCLE,COUSIN SO LETS FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED AND TRY AND GIVE THE FAMILY SOME CLOSURE. TRY NOT TO END UP MORNING STAR POLICE CHIEF WITH 5 OR 6 "DRUG RELATED" MURDERS LIKE MERIDIAN THAT HAVE NOT BEEN SOLVED. GOD BLESS
  • by tax payer Location: huntsville on Jun 21, 2012 at 01:59 PM
    York is my home and it has always been a sad place to live, its in need of a sheriff right now, the sheriff there had it in for my newphew so this case did not get proper anything but every one at the state of alabama will know of Tyrone Clarks issues with my nephew want him off the case and why wasnt ABI call in on my nephew's case
  • by Shannon jones on Jun 19, 2012 at 07:01 PM
    This is my relative and this is sad and senseless and the only thing I see wrong is he was a victim of stupidity so what if it did have something to do with drugs which I doubt it still doesn't give a person a reason to take another's life
  • by Former Meridian resident on Jun 19, 2012 at 01:21 PM
    This is very sad...... I hope and pray that everyone involved will find peace in there hearts. I also would like to know why every time I read WTOK news comments someone has something racists to say?????? We (WHITES, BLACKS, HISPANICS, LATINOS, AND ETC) need to get along. At the end of each day, we all have to work, live, and see each other. Therefore, let us make the best out of it. I think it is ridiculous that WTOK allows this nonsense to be posted on there website. GOD BLESS EVERYONE
  • by R u serious on Jun 19, 2012 at 12:03 PM
    You are so right Bellamy. And tax payer u r right as well he did say it appeared that drugs was tr motive but u also see that he didn't find any drugs or anything at the scene. It was too many people out there for the shooter to get the drugs and money and no one see anything. That is just the make the sheriff look good. Until he said that the shooter said it was drug related it wasn't. He making everyone look bad including himself because Sao drugs involved but there r no evidence to prove that
  • by blessed Location: bellamy on Jun 19, 2012 at 09:05 AM
    why do every thing among the black community got to be drug related. to make them look like they are doing their jobs they got to put it on drugs. why cant it be that they just didn't like each other. He could have gotten smart with the man and he didn't like what he said. Its the BLACKS that makes the BLACKS look bad.
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