Store owner opens fire

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 10, 2004

GREENSBORO – Pleasant Valley turned violent early Monday morning after at least two individuals were shot by a local store owner.

Randy Adams, owner of Pleasant Valley Grocery, fired into a small group of people around 1:15 a.m. sending two to DCH in Tuscaloosa, according to Hale County Sheriff Larry Johnson.

“He heard some banging on the door and went down with his weapon to investigate, found people at the door and said something to them. They ran and he shot at them,” Johnson said, noting the incident was still under investigation.

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Johnson did not have the names of the injured, but said one was a juvenile.

It wasn’t the first time Adams has had trouble at the store – “two or three” burglaries over the past two or three years, Johnson said.

“I guess he was tired of it,” Johnson said.

Johnson said the store’s door had been kicked in in the past, with beer and cigarettes the primary target.

Adams is not charged in the shooting, and Johnson said he plans on handing the case over to the next Hale County Grand Jury.

“All of this is going to the grand jury and I’ll let them decide this matter,” he said.

While property owners have the right to protect their property, Johnson said in most cases his department will get the call.

“We very seldom have it happen, but most of the time you don’t have a person call while they’re having a crime committed against them – they don’t know about it until after the fact. He happened to confront them this time,” he said.

Adams could not be reached for comment.