Authorities: 'Friend' Shot Nine at Party

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Police say three of the nine people shot at a high school graduation party, including the 17-year-old who died, were friends of the man accused of the shootings.

Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit Capt. Loyd Baker says 20-year-old Akeem Antwan Prewitt opened fire with a 9 mm handgun in a crowded room at the clubhouse of an apartment complex early Sunday.

Baker says witnesses estimate there were 100 people in the clubhouse.

Prewitt is being held in the Tuscaloosa County Jail on $195,000 bail. He's charged with murder and eight counts of attempted murder.

The Bryant High School student who died is identified as LaMarcus Branch. Dee Branch, the victim's cousin, says Prewitt was a friend of theirs.


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  • by Mary Jane Location: not any parties on May 19, 2010 at 10:47 AM
    AN ACCIDENT? "he did not mean to kill lamarcus"? are you serious? well hats off to the shooter! he didnt mean to kill lamarcus but he did! let me take a gun to a party, get in a dispute and start playing target twister! because even though they are my friends and i didnt mean to kill some of them its all good! can anyone say CRAZY?!?!? this kid should face 25 in jail. no bail, nothing! he should know better than to pull out a gun and shoot... much less point it at anyone! seriously? if i would have been at that party and he wouldnt have shot me as he saw he coming towards him i would have beat the living crap out of him! he deserves so much punishment whether he meant to do it or not! because guess what HE DID IT! the media can make him look as bad as they want because no matter what they say we still know he got mad and SHOT his "friends" .... and did.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 26, 2011 at 06:00 PM in reply to Mary Jane
      He Didnt Mean Too He Tried To Shoot The Dudes That Was Jumping On His Friend Lamarcus But Accidently Shot Him
  • by unknown on May 19, 2010 at 05:31 AM
    it waz an accident. the media is just makin him look so bad! he did not mean to kill lamarcus! and yea "friends" they were!
  • by catina Location: meridian on May 18, 2010 at 04:17 PM
    LORD,PRAY FOR OUR CHILDREN FOR THEY DO NOT NO WHAT THEY ARE DOING!!!!!WE AS PARENTS NEED TO TALK TO OUR CHILDREN AND FIND OUT WHAT THEY R THINKING,AND HELP THEM REALIZE VIOLENCE IS NOT THE ANSWER.DEATH IS FINAL ONCE U KILL SOMEONE THEY R GONE,AND NOT COMING BACK AN THEN U HAVE TO LIVE WITH THAT THE REST OF UR LIFE AN ANSWER FOR IT ON JUDGEMENT DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Will Location: Meridian on May 18, 2010 at 03:26 PM
    I'd say friend might be somewhat of a stretch
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