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DPD investigates shooting death

The Demopolis Police Department is investigating an apparent shooting death discovered Thursday afternoon.

While attempting to serve papers on an individual at 1514 Queensbury Lane at approximately 3:10 p.m., an officer discovered the body of Shannon Sharell Steele, 29, who had died of an apparent gunshot wound.

According to Demopolis Public Safety Director and Police Chief Tommie Reese, when the officer serving the papers arrived at the home, a small child inside stated that someone had killed his mother. At that time, the officer entered the residence and found a female in a bedroom with injuries. Also found in the bedroom with the mother was a four-month old child.

Demopolis Fire and Rescue and AmStar EMS were called to the scene, but the victim had already died from injuries.   

According to Reese, DPD Criminal and Crime Scene Investigators spent several hours at the scene talking to neighbors and collecting evidence.

Chief Reese also stated that Steele’s body would be sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for autopsy.

The two children in the home were not injured, according to officials.

“We ask the community to keep this family in their thoughts and prayers, especially after we have just celebrated Christmas holidays and now getting ready to start a New Year,” Reese said.

Law enforcement is asking anyone with information to call the Demopolis Police Department or the department’s TIP LINE at 334-289-3073 or 334-289-1475.