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Warrant issued for suspect connected to gunning down Phenix City man

Police are seeking to arrest Walter Robert Lee Patterson, 25, of Smiths Station, AL for capital murder. (Source: Phenix City Police Department) Police are seeking to arrest Walter Robert Lee Patterson, 25, of Smiths Station, AL for capital murder. (Source: Phenix City Police Department)
Terry Simmons Terry Simmons
Terry Simmons Terry Simmons
PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) -

A warrant has been issued for a suspect connected to a weekend shooting in Phenix City that left one man dead and another clinging to life. 

Police need the public's help locating Walter Robert Lee Patterson, 25, of Smiths Station, AL.  

Investigators say  he is the suspect in a shooting that happened just before 2:00 a.m. Saturday at the Car-Mart on Highway 280 in Phenix City.

Police found Richard Prince, 61, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He is currently in unsatisfactory condition at the Medical Center. Terry Simmons died at the scene after being shot once in the thigh and once in the groin area. His body will be sent to the state crime lab Monday for an autopsy. 

As police search for answers in this crime, family members of the murder victim are speaking out about their loved one.

Family members of murder victim Terry Simmons say in his 52 years on earth, he made an impact on the lives of many, and was a friend to all.

His sister, Diane Jenkins told News Leader 9, "He'd give you the shirt off his back, he would give you anything. He was a very sweet and caring person."

Because of his kind nature, they were shocked to hear the news that someone shot Terry and his friend Richard Prince early Saturday morning. Terry's other sister, Pam Sloane, said she has pieced together what her brother did late Friday night, "He was at Red Barn shooting pool. He'd been there since about 10:00 and him and Richard were shooting pool and singing Karaoke and they had parked at the Car-Mart."

That's when police say both Terry and Richard were shot multiple times in the parking lot.

"It's something that should have never happened. He was apparently in the wrong place at the wrong time. Just knowing someone is out there who is responsible for this... We want them caught," said Jenkins.

While police continue to investigate the crime, Simmons's family is begging for help from the community in seeking justice for this killing. Sloane added, "We just want the person caught. And I know there are people out there who know where he is and who he is so we want them to come forward and tell they what they know."

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Patterson is asked to call the Phenix City Police Department at (334)448-2800 or (334)298-0611.

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