Gerald Herbert / AP
Tuscaloosa, Ala. Alabama basketball player Darius Miles and another man have been charged with capital murder after a fatal shooting near campus.
Tuscaloosa Police Capt. Jack Kennedy said the shooting happened Sunday morning on the Strip off University Blvd. Near campus. He said 23-year-old Jamia Harris from the Birmingham area was shot and killed.
Miles, 21, a junior reserve from Washington, D.C., and Michael Lynn Davis, 20, of Charles County, Maryland, were both charged with capital murder. Kennedy said that the capital murder charge was warranted because the death was caused by shots fired in a vehicle.
“At this point, it appears that the only motive was a minor dispute that these individuals had with the victim,” Kennedy told a news conference on Sunday evening. He said that he had no relation before.
They said that the driver of another vehicle, in which Harris was a passenger, contacted campus police near Bryant–Denny Stadium around 1:45 a.m. saying that someone had shot at the vehicle, and that he fired back. One of the suspects was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at a local hospital, and Kennedy declined to reveal who fired the gun or who was hurt.
An emotional Miles spoke to someone as he was being taken away in a law enforcement vehicle: “I swear I love you more than you can imagine.”
Miles was a reserve on the fourth place Crimson Tide team. Alabama announced before Saturday’s game against LSU that he was out for the season due to an ankle injury. His bio has been removed from the athletic department website and the university states that he has been “removed from campus” and is no longer on the team.
“The top priority of the University of Alabama is the safety and well-being of the campus community,” a university statement said. “We are saddened by the incident that happened near campus last night and extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the victims.”
Kennedy said that neither the driver of the other vehicle nor Harris nor Davis appear to be affiliated with the university.