Decatur police seek shooting suspect

DECATUR - The Decatur Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in identifying a suspect in connection with a weekend shooting.

Decatur Police Deputy Chief David Dickerson says officers were dispatched to Decatur Memorial Hospital at about 6:45 p.m. on Sunday after receiving a report of a shooting victim.  Upon arriving, officers found that Briayon Cunningham, 18, had suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

Decatur police say when they questioned Cunningham on why he was shot, Cunningham said he met with an individual in the area of Walnut Street and Woodford Street with the intention of selling drugs.  Police also say Cunningham was seated inside his vehicle when the suspect approached the car on foot, and while money was being exchanged, the suspect shot Cunningham several times, then stole a large amount of money from him.

Cunningham also told Decatur police that the suspect ran from the scene, and that he drove himself to the hospital.  Decatur police then executed a search warrant on Cunningham's car, where they found evidence of a shooting, as well as evidence of suspected illegal drug distribution.

Police say Cunningham described the suspect as an older black male with low cut hair, and approached the scene of the shooting from the area of Division and Woodford.  The Decatur Police Department continues to investigate this shooting.  Anyone with information is asked to call Decatur police at (217) 424-2711 or Crime Stoppers at (217) 423-TIPS.
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