BAY MINETTE, Ala. (WKRG) – News 5 has confirmed a man is in custody for an alleged shooting spree on roadways across Mobile and Baldwin Counties on Friday.
The suspect, David Harold Stokes, admitted he was high on meth when he was arrested, according to Maj. Anthony Lowery with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office.
The car Stokes was driving was reportedly stolen out of Satsuma.
Satsuma Police Chief Shane Stringer says this case began Thursday night when the suspect attacked a medic in an ambulance while being transported for chest pains.
The suspect ran into a wooded area and got away.
During the night, Stokes allegedly broke into a car and stole a change of clothes and a handgun with extra ammunition.
At around 6:00 a.m. Friday, the suspect stole a car that was left running at a drug store in Satsuma.
Stokes is accused of then pulling up to the Pilot Travel Center near Highway 43 and I-65 and shooting at and hitting a pickup truck three times. The shots are believed to have disabled the truck.
The suspect then allegedly shot at a homeless man on the northbound on-ramp to I-65. The homeless man was not hit.
The suspect then got off on Highway 287 and pointed the gun at a family in the parking lot of the Marathon Gas Station.
Bay Minette Police say the suspect also fired at two occupied vehicles on I-65.
News 5 received pictures from one of the incidents, showing a car with its rear window shot out. Two young women in the car were on their way to college but were not hit.
Bay Minette Police say they pulled Stokes over near Highway 287 and Highway 59 and arrested him. Police say Stokes fought with them during the arrest.
A photo from a News 5 viewer shows the suspect in handcuffs at the scene.
Stokes was booked into the Baldwin County Corrections Center on charges that include receiving stolen property, resisting arrest and possession of a pistol by a violent felon.
Additional charges are expected to be filed. Those charges will likely include attempted murder.
No injuries were reported from any of the shootings.