UPDATE: 23-year-old Opelika Man Shot & Killed, Police Now Have Suspect in Mind
Thursday, 6 p.m.
New Details about the man Opelika Police say shot and killed Shaquille Jones on N. Antioch Circle.
20-year-old Vantavious Hughley is wanted for the murder.
OPD says this isn’t his first run in with the law.
He was arrested and charged for the murder of Alizah Ellis back in 2014.
However, when the case was presented to the grand jury, they decided to not indict him, but instead “no billed” it which means they dismissed his charge.
Hughley is armed and dangerous. Police say do not approach Hughley, but instead notify Law Enforcement if you know his whereabouts.
Wednesday, 6 p.m:
Opelika police are trying to figure out a motive in the shooting death of a 23-year-old local man.
Tuesday night, a witness flagged down a patrol officer on duty to tell them someone had been shot in an apartment complex parking lot in the 500 block of N. Antioch Circle around 6:15 p.m.
23-year-old Shaquille O. Jones was pronounced dead on scene.
Neighbors said this isn’t the first incident to happen here and they are ready for the violence to stop.
“It upsets me because in the last 6 years, I’ve seen 10 people fall from N. Antioch, S. Antioch and Toomer, in the last 6 years, and it’s for crazy reasons. Someone’s got to stop and break the cycle,” said Nicholas Smith, who lives in the complex where Jones’ was shot.
Smith said there’s good, honest people who live here, but the violence is constant.
“It’s good people down here. It really is, and he was a young man, a young man. Out of the 10 people I said, seven of them didn’t even make it to 25 and that is sick,” said Smith.
Smith said he didn’t see the shooting happen, but he drove up on the commotion a short time after.
And situations like this are giving their neighborhood a bad name.
“Not only me, but a lot of people in this neighborhood are nervous staying in this area. People nervous driving through this neighborhood, stoping through this area, daytime or nighttime just because of this area’s reputation,” said Smith.
Opelika Police said they are sitll early in their investigation and do not know what led up to the fatal shooting.
“We are trying very hard and we are running down every lead for the person responsible for this crime and we won’t stop until we do,” said Cpt. Bobby Kilore, Public Information Officer with Opelika Police Department.
Cpt. Kilgore said they are leaving no stone unturned. So, they are urging anyone with information to please come forward.
“At that hour of the evening, we are thinking they were a lot of people in the area, so if you know anything please call,” said Cpt. Kilgore.
He stresses that you can remain anonymous when you call and they do not track phone numbers. Call Opelika Police at (334) 705-5220 or the Opelika Police Secret Witness Hotline at (334) 745-8665 if you have any information on Jones’ murder.
This is the fourth person to be murdered in Opelika this year.