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On May 17th, at approximately 6:30 PM, Shelby County 911 received a report of a person shot in the 1700 block of Egg and Butter Road in the Columbiana area of Shelby County. Deputies and rescue personnel responded to the area and located an adult male victim who appeared to have life threatening injuries from gunshot wounds. The victim was transported by helicopter to a Birmingham area hospital for treatment.
Responding deputies were able to determine that the suspect fled the scene in the victim’s vehicle. Area law enforcement agencies were notified of the vehicle and possible suspect description. Investigators from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene and the hospital to continue the investigation.
In the early morning hours of May 18th, an officer with the Alabaster Police Department identified the suspect vehicle in the area of US Hwy 31 and I-65 in Alabaster. The officer followed the vehicle and attempted to stop it on I-65 south. After a short pursuit, the driver was stopped on I-65 southbound a few miles into Chilton County. The driver of the vehicle was detained and determined to be the person of interest in the shooting and was turned over the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office for further investigation on their case.
Shelby County Sheriff’s Office investigators have charged Antonio Letae Cunningham, 41 years old of Columbiana, with the following:
Attempted Murder $175,000 Bond
Robbery 1st $175,000 Bond
Cunningham is currently being held in the Shelby County Jail on the listed charges. He is also being held on additional charges filed by the Alabaster Police Department.
Shelby County Sheriff John Samaniego stated “We are praying for the victim and his family during this difficult time, and we appreciate the medical professionals who have worked hard to provide the best possible medical care to the victim. We are grateful to our law enforcement partners who have assisted our agency in safely bringing this suspect into custody.”
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Columbiana Police Department, Calera Police Department, Southeast Shelby Rescue, and Lifesaver. We also appreciate the efforts of the Alabaster Police Department and their officer who was diligently performing his duties and observed the suspect’s vehicle.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information about the case to call the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office at (205) 670-6000. You can also submit an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777, or on their website at www.crimestoppersmetroal.com.
To view a booking photo, go to our website, www.shelbyso.com, and select the Jail tab, or select the Inmate Listing tab near the bottom of the page. On the inmate listing page, select the button for “Current Inmates.”