Details continue to come to light after a teen was charged with discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle last Saturday night in the parking lot of the Real 16 Cinema at Trussville Crossings.
According to Trussville Police Chief Don Sivley, at about 9:15 p.m., an off duty deputy who was working security at the theater arrested a 15 year old black male from Pinson.
Chief Deputy Randy Christian of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office said the deputy was working an extra job at the Regal Theatre in Trussville when he heard gunshots
“He was patrolling the parking lot looking for the source of the shots when he saw a black male running after a gray Nissan Pathfinder,” Christian said. “The deputy stopped the male and the vehicle, which had the right rear window shattered. At that time, units from Trussville PD arrived on the scene.”
Christian said witnesses stated that the male who was apprehended by the deputy and later identified as a juvenile, had been shooting at the Pathfinder and hid a gun in the shrubs of the parking lot median.
The gun was located and secured. The suspect was transported to Juvenile Detention without incident, according to Christian.
There were no injuries reported in the shooting incident.
Sivley said police presence has been increased at the theater since the recent theater violence in other parts of the country, but local problems have actually seen a significant decrease. Trussville enacted a stringent teen curfew law to curtail past problems at the theater.
“It’s an isolated incident,” Sivley said. “In the last year, conditions at the theater have greatly improved.”