Insult leads to shooting, gunman & family on the run

Suspect Jimmy Frazier Courtesy: Russell Co. Sheriff's Office
Suspect Jimmy Frazier Courtesy: Russell Co. Sheriff's Office
Victim Willie Moffett Courtesy: Russell Co. Sheriff's Office
Victim Willie Moffett Courtesy: Russell Co. Sheriff's Office

By Lindsey Connell - bio | email

RUSSELL COUNTY, AL (WTVM) -  A family gathering on a quiet Russell County road ended with a heated exchange of words and bullets.

A fight between two men escalated at a home on Wills Valley Road off of Highway 80 around 6:15 Saturday night.

Now, 41-year-old Willie Moffett, a Salem resident, is in intensive care and Russell County investigators are working overtime to find the suspected shooter, 33-year-old Jimmy Frazier, from Opelika.

But Frazier is not alone. He took girlfriend and four-year-old daughter with him as he tries to stay under police radar.

"Both individuals went to the car and retrieved weapons. There is evidence that these two individuals knew each other in the past and had some run-ins with each other. We do not know exactly what the argument stemmed from directly," explained Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor in an interview at his office Sunday.

What sparked the gun fight could be a simple name calling. The owner of the house, who did not want to go on camera, says the victim called Frazier a "sissy" and in exchange, received two gunshots to his body and one to his head.

Steve Whatley and his family were pulling into their driveway two doors down and saw the shooting unfolding.

"We pulled in and saw the guy on the ground. He seemed to be in some pain. He was moaning and rolling around. The guy that did the shooting, he took off. They were probably doing about 100 miles an hour when they were leaving," Whatley said.

Willie Moffett was airlifted the Columbus Regional Medical Center.

Investigators believe Frazier was headed to Birmingham where his girlfriend has family. The Russell County Sheriff's Office has notified all surrounding counties and possible destinations for Frazier and his family.

"We couldn't believe something like this would happen out here. We just moved out here because it was quiet. We just couldn't believe something like that would happen here," Whatley added. He was keeping his two young children inside Sunday, knowing that Frazier is still on the loose.

"With him being an armed and dangerous suspect, we're certainly going to do everything in our power to protect the community and the family of his girlfriend and their child as well. We just need to get this individual apprehended," Sheriff Taylor said.

The victim, Willie Moffett is in critical condition with injuries the Sheriff Heath Taylor calls extremely life threatening.

Meanwhile, the suspect, Jimmy Frazier is considered armed and dangerous. He is driving a 2002 gold four door KIA Optima with Alabama tags 43F85H4. He is with his girlfriend, 26-year-old Tameka Maddox, and their four-year-old daughter.

Frazier is wanted for Attempted Murder.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Russell County Sheriff's Office at 334-298-6535 or 911.

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