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September 4, 2013

Fultondale shooting victim out of hospital, but suspect remains at large

FULTONDALE — The victim of the recent shooting in Fultondale is out of the hospital and talking to police investigators, but the man who shot him is still at large.

Larry Ellersby was released from UAB Hospital last week, after being wounded by multiple gunshots on Aug. 27 in a house on Spring Street. Ellersby was in critical condition for at least 24 hours after the shooting.

Police Chief Byron Pigg said that Ellersby was up and about on Tuesday, and paid a visit to the station to talk with detectives.

"I was very surprised. Last week he could hardly tak, and now he's up and very talkative," Det. David Davis said.

The shooting took place in the Glendale neighborhood, just behind the JC Penney store in the Prom­enade Shopping Center. Neighbors reported seeing a black male in his mid-20s leaving the area near the house; the suspect started running when the driver of a pickup truck spotted him and gave chase.

The suspect disappeared into overgrown lots, which were left unattended after the houses that occupied the lots were damaged or destroyed by the April 2011 tornado that hit Fultondale.

Police sealed off an area bounded by Second Avenue, Fourth Avenue, Park Street and Main Street for more than three hours while they used three search-dog teams to comb the neighborhood. The search was called off after the dogs became exhausted in the high heat and humidity.

The lockdown brought to a halt a child’s birthday party that was being held just a few doors down from the house where the shooting took place. While police searched, cheering could be heard from youth football games held a few hundred yards away, across from Fultondale Elementary School.

Davis asked anyone with information about the suspect in this case to call the Fultondale Police Department at (205) 849-5456.

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