4 Arrested, Including 2 Teen Brothers, For Deadly Alabama Sweet 16 Birthday Party Shooting

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Source: Tallapoosa County Sheriff's Department

Wilson LaMar Hill Jr., Travis McCullough and Ty Reik McCullough

Apr. 20 2023, Published 11:59 a.m. ET

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Four individuals have now been apprehended by law enforcement officials in Alabama for the fatal shooting that occurred at a Sweet 16 birthday party in Dadeville, according to authorities.

As Front Page Detectives previously reported, brothers Ty Reik McCullogh, 17, and Travis McCullough, 16, were arrested on the morning of April 19 and authorities said they would be charged as adults.

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That afternoon, a third suspect, later identified as Wilson LaMar Hill, 20, was arrested, WVTM reported.

Now, Johnny Letron Brown, 20, of Tuskegee, was taken into custody and charged with the same four counts of reckless murder as the other three suspects, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) announced on April 20.

Gunfire broke out at the Mahogany Masterpiece Dance Studio in Dadeville, a small town around 60 miles northeast of Montgomery, leading to the tragic deaths of four individuals and leaving over 30 others wounded, as Front Page Detectives previously reported..

The four dead were identified as 18-year-old Phil Dowdell, a star athlete at Dadeville High and brother of the birthday girl; 17-year-old KeKe Smith, a manager of teams at Dadeville High; 19-year-old Siah Collins, a recent graduate pursuing a music career; and 23-year-old Corbin Holston, a 2018 graduate of Dadeville High.

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Four people are still hospitalized in critical condition in connection with the deadly incident, NBC News reported.

There have been no details released about a possible motive for the shooting or what kind of weapons were used.


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