Hoover Police release more details in fatal Iron Bowl party shooting

By CASSANDRA MICKENS / Associate Editor

HOOVER — Hoover Police have released more details about a fatal shooting during an Iron Bowl party at an apartment complex.

The shooting occurred at about 7 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Summerchase at Riverchase apartments at 100 Summerchase Drive. Two women, both Alabama fans who did not know each prior to the party, got into an argument after the game ended, Hoover Police spokesman Capt. Jim Coker said in a Dec. 1 news release.

“The argument moved to the parking lot, and became a physical altercation on the ground. The victim was shot with a small caliber handgun,” Coker said.

The Shelby County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim as 36-year-old Michelle Shepherd of Birmingham, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The 20-something suspect, who has yet to be identified, remains in Hoover Police custody, Coker said. Investigators are working to determine what started the fight.

Coker said the case will be presented to the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office Dec. 2 to determine whether criminal charges will be filed.