Crime

Shooting victim at Lake Harding is identified

A shooting at Lake Harding has left a 46-year-old man dead in the 100 block of Lee Road 361 in Valley, Ala., the Lee County Sheriff’s Office said in a release.

Jay Allen Danford was pronounced dead Friday by Lee County Coroner Bill Harris at the scene of the shooting. The victim, who appeared to have a gunshot wound to the head, was found in a bedroom. Danford’s body has been taken to the Alabama Department of Forensic Science in Montgomery for a postmortem examination.

The homicide investigation is ongoing and no suspect has been arrested.

The sheriff’s office was called around 3:27 p.m. CDT after a person reported a possible shooting. More than two hours later at 6 p.m., Valley police officers located a wreck and found a 30-year-old man with the victim’s vehicle.

A handgun was found in the vehicle and the man was transported to East Alabama Medical Center for injuries sustained in the crash.

During a preliminary investigation, officials said the man found in the vehicle was living at the victim’s home.

The death remains under investigation by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Lee County Coroner’s Office and the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences.

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