Gadsden Police capture suspect in fatal motel shooting

GADSDEN, Ala. (WIAT) — 10/12 10:39 AM UPDATE: According to Gadsden Police, Bruce Macon was taken into custody without incident Wednesday night.

Macon is being held on a murder charge. He has a $100,000 cash bond set. Authorities say other charges are pending in the investigation.


A man is dead and a woman is injured after a shooting Tuesday evening at a motel in Gadsden, and police are searching for the suspected shooter.

Wednesday afternoon, Gadsden Police identified the suspected shooter as 36-year-old Bruce Anthony Macon, 5’7″ and 130 pounds. A murder warrant has been issued for Macon, who is still at large. His last known address is in Gadsden, and may still be in the area. Police say he may be armed, and he is considered dangerous.

Sgt. John Hallman says police responded to a motel in the 200 block of North Albert Raines Blvd on a report of shots fired. Inside, they found a male victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

The victim, 28-year-old Derrick Scott Parham of Rainsville, was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Detectives found a 23-year-old woman during their investigation who they believe was at the motel during the incident. She was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police are not releasing the motive, but said the individuals involved knew each other.

The U.S. Marshall’s Gulf Coast Task Force, Attalla Police Department, and Etowah County Sheriff’s Office are assisting.

Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact Detective Eric Phillips or Sergeant Mark Henderson at 256-549-4630.

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