Alabaster police identify suspect in Dec. 30 shooting

The Alabaster Police Department is searching for a suspect involved in a Dec. 30 shooting off Simmsville Road. (File)

The Alabaster Police Department is searching for a suspect involved in a Dec. 30 shooting off Simmsville Road. (File)

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

ALABASTER – The Alabaster Police Department is looking for an armed suspect involved in a Dec. 30 morning shooting off Simmsville Road.

Alabaster Police Chief Curtis Rigney said the department received a call reporting a fight off Fifth Avenue Southeast shortly after 10 a.m. on Dec. 30. When officers arrived on the scene a short time later, they discovered a shooting occurred, but were unable to locate the victim or the suspect, Rigney said.

“About 20 minutes later, the victim showed up at Shelby Baptist with a gunshot wound to his hand,” Rigney said, noting the victim’s injuries were not life-threatening.

Rigney described the victim as a white male in his 40s, and said the suspect is a black male in his 50s wearing a yellow jacket who fled the scene on foot following the shooting.

A few hours after the shooting, Alabaster police identified the suspect as Sylvester Rhine, and asked anyone with information on Rhine’s whereabouts to contact the department at 663-7401.

Rhine

Rhine

As of about 12:45 p.m. on Dec. 30, no arrests had been made in the incident, and Rigney said the suspect should be considered armed and dangerous.

“It’s still really early in the investigation,” Rigney said. “We are not really sure what led to the fight.”

Anyone with information related to the incident, or anyone who sees any suspicious people or activity, is encouraged to call 911.