Charges filed in Helena shootings

Charges have been filed in the Saturday, July 10 shootings in Helena, according to a press release from Deputy Chief Tim Carter of the Helena Police Department.

Jonathan David Morris, 20, of Alabaster is charged with two counts of attempted murder and one count of distribution of marijuana, with a total bond of $460,000.

William Casey King, 18, of Alabaster, is charged with attempted murder and distribution of marijuana, with a total bond set at $260,000.

Kenquarius Laquon Holloway, 18, of Montevallo, is charged with attempted murder, firing into an occupied vehicle and attempted possession of marijuana, with a total bond set at $245,000.

Deverick Dewayne Croom, 19, of Helena, is charged with first degree robbery and attempted possession of marijuana, with a total bond set at $215,000.

At approximately 7:00 pm, on July 10, the Helena Police Department received a call saying gun shots were being fired on Silver Lakes Drive, near the community park.

When they arrived, officers found Morris and Croom both sustaining gunshot wounds, lying in a parking area.

The reason for the shooting has been determined to be drug-related. The four men apparently met at that location to make a drug transaction. For unknown reasons, one of the men began shooting. Others in the group returned fire, resulting in two of them sustaining injury.

All subjects are in custody and are being transported to the Jefferson County Jail except for Morris, who is still in UAB Hospital.

“We want to make this as big of a deal as possible, because we won’t tolerate this happening in our town,” Carter said in a phone interview July 12.