2 suspects arrested in shooting of Latter-day Saint missionary in Alabama meetinghouse
Alleged shooter, man accused of hindering investigation being held in Jefferson County Jail after U.S. marshals execute arrest warrants
U.S. marshals arrested an 18-year-old man Tuesday for allegedly shooting an 18-year-old missionary five times in an Alabama meetinghouse of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The marshals arrested Courtney Lee Knight after the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office issued a warrant for him for attempted murder in the shooting of Elder M. Michael Fauber, 18, of Dayton, Ohio.
Knight is being held in the Jefferson County Jail in Birmingham on a $60,000 bond, according to a news release issued by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
They also arrested a second man, Cornelius Omar-James Knight, 22, for hindering the investigation, the news release said. He is being held in the county jail on a $15,000 bond.
Fauber was struck by five bullets at about 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 3, when he and two other missionaries and some people interested in learning more about the church were playing basketball in the Birmingham Stake Center in Vestavia Hills in unincorporated Jefferson County. Police said an unknown man entered the building and spoke with Fauber. Moments later, the man shot Fauber and fled.
Fauber has been in serious but stable condition while slowly improving, according to the latest updates from the family and the church. His parents have said their son had three surgeries. Two bullets struck him in the right side of the chest. One grazed his head.
“Thankfully, the victim’s condition is improving and he is expected to recover from his injuries,” the sheriff’s office news release said.
Law enforcement officials initially said the suspect left the scene in a vehicle and described him as a Black male with a light complexion, about 6-foot-7 and skinny. He was believed to be in his mid-20s, David Agee, deputy chief of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, had told reporters in a press conference last week, according to Al.com.
The sheriff’s office said its detectives identified a suspect on Thursday in conjunction with the Metro Area Crime Center.
“Our detectives worked tirelessly to develop the information from what initially seemed to be a needle in a haystack,” the news release said. “Through collaborative efforts with the U.S. Marshal’s Service, the community and other law enforcement agencies, they were able to solve this unwarranted attack on a blameless person. Our agency is extremely proud of the efforts by all those involved in helping to bring this case to a close.”