Suspect Behind Bars in Hurtsboro Murder

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RUSSELL COUNTY, AL (WTVM) -- "Everybody's shocked. Everybody."

Words are hard to come by for Marie Fluellen. Wednesday night, her 33-year-old son, Eric, was shot and killed when a fight broke out in the front yard of this Hurtsboro home.

"It appears to be an ongoing argument between the individuals that were fighting. They'd had some problems in the past with one another and it led to gunshots," said Lieutenant Heath Taylor, Chief Investigator for the Russell County Sheriff's Office.

Thursday afternoon, authorities arrested 20-year-old Demario Chambliss- the man they believe fired those fatal shots. The Hurtsboro man faces murder and assault charges in the case.

This is the second homicide in Hurtsboro in recent weeks. The investigation into the shooting death of 28-year-old Alford Brown on Halloween is still ongoing.

"At this time, I would say that there's no indication that it's related, however, there could be some of the same individuals involved in this case that had some involvement in the Halloween shooting in Hurtsboro," Lieutenant Taylor said.

"It doesn't make any sense- killing for no reason. I loved my brother and now I can't wake up and call him anymore," said Chanel Fluellen, the victim's sister.

"I want justice for my child. I want it," his mother added.

Demario Chambliss was arrested in Columbus Thursday. He has waived extradition and has been taken back to Alabama.

Chambliss is being held in the Russell County Jail.

Russell County investigators say a juvenile was also shot in the incident, however, officials say his injuries are not life-threatening.

Eric Fluellen's family members say they are in the process of making funeral arrangements.