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Gang activity in Eufaula kills 16-year-old, three defendants make first appearance | WDHN

EUFAULA, Ala. (WRBL) — Eufaula police on Wednesday announced the arrests of three people in connection with the fatal shooting that killed a teenage boy on Monday. These three people also appeared in court for the first time, and WBRL was the only news outlet in the courtroom.

The shooting is related to other shootings this year involving rival Eufaula street gangs, according to court testimony.


Devin Brooks, Aakari Harris and I’siyah Warren of Eufaula each face murder and weapons charges. Brooks faces an additional weapons charge. According to court testimony, Brooks is the only defendant whose gang affiliation has been confirmed. Eufaula Police Chief Danny Christ explains what happened on June 10.

“Two or three people in a white car pulled up to Spruce Circle. There were single people in the back. Most of them were under the age of 21,” Chief Christ said. “Of course, the deceased was 16 years old. From what we know, he got out of the car holding a rifle. And the people in the house started shooting.”

According to testimony, more than 30 shell casings were found at the scene, none of which belonged to the rifle held by the teenager. Investigators believe the teen never fired the rifle. The bullets hit a house across the street, and shell casings landed in the bed of an 80-year-old resident.

The court-appointed counsel for Brooks, Harris and Warren says the trial will likely include a self-defense element. Prosecutors say self-defense is unlikely due to the number of shots fired; Additionally, video surveillance footage shows the 16-year-old immediately falling into the car after being hit. Investigators said: “As soon as the door opened, shots rang out… It all happened in a matter of seconds.”

Chief Christ says the most glaring fact about this case is the age of everyone.

“Parents are not involved enough in the lives of their children, even young adults, even if they are over 18, it doesn’t matter. They need mentors. When I was 18, I joined the Air Force and he was my mentor,” Chief Christ said. “These young adults need mentors, whether it be parents, uncles or grandparents, whatever the case, they need someone to show them what is right and what is wrong.”

Court testimony also linked the shooting to a fatal shooting in January that resulted in the death of a 15-year-old boy. Under Aniah’s Law, all three defendants are being held without bail.

District Court Judge Matt Horn said he and Eufaula residents are fed up with fear going to sleep at night and waking up to bullet holes in their homes. He said any defendant who fired more than 30 rounds into an occupied house and vehicle would not be granted bond in his courtroom.

No video or audio recording is permitted in a Barbour County courtroom. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for a later date.

Previous reports

June 11, 2024: EUFAULA PD: Juveniles dead, shooting investigation ongoing (wrbl.com)

June 10, 2024: One person killed in Spruce Circle shooting, Eufaula police investigate | WRBL

June 10, 2024: Shooting after party in Eufaula under investigation (wrbl.com)

June 10, 2024: Investigation continues into death of woman and child in submerged vehicle (wrbl.com)

June 3, 2024: One person shot at Eufaula apartment complex, investigation ongoing (wrbl.com)

January 7, 2024: UPDATE: 15-year-old victim identified in fatal shooting in Eufaula | WRBL