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Drug Deal Death Starts New Year in Huntsville

The New Year’s first homicide in Huntsville looks like it was drug related – unfortunately not much of a surprise. Police are saying a drug deal gone bad, half a day earlier, led to the shooting death of Mercedes Morris outside of a house on Bridge Road. Police had responded to the same location three times that day.

Morris was sitting in a vehicle when unknown suspects drove by, shooting at the house and car. Her boyfriend was inside the house with another man at the time. When the gunfire ceased, the boyfriend went outside to find Mercedes hit several times. The boyfriend, perhaps bringing police to the location (a possible drug house), drove her to a local gas station before calling 911. She was pronounced dead at Huntsville Hospital.

The earlier police calls were about a drug deal gone bad and another drive-by shooting. In the first instance, someone called the police after their gun had been snatched by someone in the house and then hit with it. The complainant said several people in the house were involved in the assault. The second call was from the household residents who reported someone driving by and shooting at their location.

To those who’ve been caught up in the messes that come with drugs and addiction, all of this sounds familiar. An argument over drugs escalates and violence ensues. And of course, as often as not, an innocent bystander suffers the consequences.

There’s a lot of crazy in some parts of Huntsville, no doubt. A lot of anger and too many guns in the wrong hands. It seems apparent that the revenge motif was in play, and despite being called multiple times to the scene, not much the police could do about people seeking “street justice” – resulting in a completely unnecessary and ugly tragedy and the loss of a young woman’s life.


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