Update: Shooting at Club Status in Gadsden
Authorities arrested three people in connection with the death of 17-year-old Anthony Hale, Jr. According to Gadsden Police Captain Bobby Jackson, 19-year-old Robert Thornton is charged with murder. Two 17-year-old boys from Anniston are also charged with murder in the case. Thornton and one of his accomplices were arrested in Anniston. The other juvenile was arrested following a traffic stop of a vehicle in which he was riding by the Heflin Police Department. Heflin police identified him as a suspect in Hale’s murder. All are in the Etowah County Detention Center on $100,000 cash bonds. According to the Gadsden Police Department, Gadsden detectives interviewed dozens of witnesses and determined there were several fights inside Club Status which eventually led management to close for the night. Detectives believe at this time that individuals involved in the fights inside the club were trash talking outside the club. They believe the shooters responded to trash talk with gunfire, and that Hale was an innocent bystander. Flowers, pictures, and balloons have been placed at Broad Street and Seventh Street in downtown Gadsden to pay tribute to the murdered teen.