Police investigating shootout at package store in west Jasper


Jasper police are continuing to investigate a Friday night shooting outside a west Jasper package store.

The shooting — described as a ‘shootout between two men’ by Jasper Police Chief J.C. Poe — happened just before 9 p.m. at Ice House West package store on U.S. Highway 69 South.

When police arrived on the scene, they found evidence of a shooting but no suspect or victim, Poe said. Multiple bullet casings were found in the parking lot of the business, along with a handgun and vehicle belonging to one of the men. 

While on the scene, police received a call from the emergency room at Walker Baptist Medical Center that a man had been brought in with multiple gunshot wounds. 

Poe said Santonio Dewayne Lake, 32, of Jasper, had been shot  multiple times, but none of the injuries were considered life-threatening. 

During the investigation, Poe said detectives were able to identify a ‘person of interest’ they believe was the other man involved in the shooting. 

Brannon Rashad Allen, 28, of Jasper, is being sought by police today. Poe said anyone who may know of Allen’s whereabouts is urged to call Jasper police at (205) 221-2121. 

Poe said investigators determined the shooting stemmed from an argument between Lake and Allen last week at a Birmingham nightclub. 

“It just carried over into Friday night,”?Poe said. 

Poe said multiple gunshots hit the front of the business and left windows showing signs of the shootout.

“We are investigating this very aggressively,”?he said. “We can’t allow shootouts like this to happen in the city.”

Poe said several customers were inside the business when the shooting happened and any one of them could have easily been struck by gunfire. That, he said, is deeply disturbing. 

“There were a lot of people’s lives put at risk by this,”?he said. “It was a very dangerous situation caused by these two men. That bothers me a lot.”

Both Lake and Allen are facing multiple charges because of the incident, Poe said.