LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) – A person of interest is in custody in the death of a metro Atlanta woman has been arrested in Valley following an incident that backed up traffic on I-85 NB for several hours Monday morning.
Investigators say the woman was shot and killed while riding in a vehicle along Interstate 85 near the Lee County-Chambers County line early Monday morning.
The person of interest has been taken into custody. He has been identified as 21-year-old Larry Bradford Moore, also of metro Atlanta, according to law enforcement officials.
According to Lee County Coroner Bill Harris, the woman, whose identity has not been released, died from a gunshot wound along Interstate 85 northbound. Harris says he was called to the scene of the vehicle accident with injuries around 2 a.m. He pronounced her dead at 2:20 a.m.
Lee Co. Sheriff Jay Jones said that his deputies responded to an 18-wheeler which had struck a 4-door sedan around 1:30 a.m. Jones said four people were in the vehicle - one woman and three men - and were traveling to Florida for work.
The woman was shot when a gun was fired by one of the men in the car and struck the woman in the back of the head. Sheriff Jones said the car struck a guardrail and was then struck by an 18-wheeler.
The man, who Jones called a person of interest, then fled the scene. The gun has not been recovered at this time, and the man who fled has not been detained. The two other men were taken to East Alabama Medical Center where they were treated and expected to be OK.
The person of interest fled into the wooded area near mile marker 68. Jones said law enforcement does not believe he's still in the area.
The investigation caused major traffic delays on I-85 Monday morning for several hours. The interstate has since reopened.
Law enforcement does not have a description of the person of interest who fired the gun in the vehicle, but they are working on that information to share with the public.
The female victim's body was taken to the medical examiner's office of the Alabama Dept. of Forensic Sciences in Montgomery for a postmortem exam.
The case remains under investigation by the Lee County Sheriff's Dept., Lee County Coroner, and the Alabama Dept. of Forensic Sciences.
Details are limited at this time. Check back for more updates.