Greenville police interviewing Payne after Saturday shooting

Published 8:49 pm Saturday, December 23, 2023

Greenville police are interviewing a person of interest in a Saturday afternoon shooting which left one person dead and another hospitalized.

Officers had been searching for Edward “Trai” Payne III, 18, as a person of interest in the case. Payne, a black male, was thought to be driving a white Chevrolet Malibu type vehicle and was located at approximately 8:30 p.m. in Greenville.

“We have located Edward “Trai” Payne and are interviewing him now,” Lovvorn said.

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Just before 3:30 p.m., Saturday the Greenville Police Department received a call reporting shots fired. Lovvorn confirmed officers responded to the area of North Conecuh Street, arriving on the scene at the intersection of Flowers and North Conecuh where they discovered one gunshot victim.

“Paramedics also arrived and pronounced the gunshot victim deceased at the scene,” Lovvorn said.

Officers located a second gunshot victim on Flowers Street, not far from where the first victim was found.

“A second gunshot victim from the same incident was located on Flowers Street not far from the first victim,” Lovvorn said. He was transported to a Montgomery hospital in stable condition.”

Police have not released the names of the victims pending notification of their families.

Law enforcement agencies in Butler and surrounding counties were alerted to be on the lookout (BOLO) for Payne before he was located roughly five hours after the shooting.

Individuals with information about the shooting or the person of interest should notify the Greenville Police Department at 334-382-7461 or 334-382-9911.

This article will be updated as new information becomes available.