MOBILE, Ala–A woman was wounded and a man was killed on Monday night in downtown Mobile. Officers were called to the scene at St. Anthony Street between Warren Street and Dearborn Street around 6:10 pm.
When the officers arrived, they found the woman in critical condition and her male companion was dead. Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste is calling the shooting an act of domestic violence.
The man who shot the couple has been identified as Anthony Orr, 49, who is the ex-husband of the woman that was shot. The deceased man was her new boyfriend.
Orr was recently arrested on domestic violence charges on February 18. According to court documents, Orr’s wife claimed that her ex-husband beat her, kicking her in the eye, nose, face, and mouth. Whether she was able to hire the best lawyer for personal injury prior to the recent killing is unknown.
“This is a prime example potentially of where someone should not have had access to bail because of the offense he committed,” said Police Chief Battiste. “Once a person has identified themself as a shooter, it’s kind of hard to get them to stop.”
James Barber, the Public Safety Director, said that the victims had been threatened by Orr on Sunday night and again on Monday morning.
“He not only made the threat to kill last night, but he also made an overt attempt to try to access weapons,” said Barber. “There was also an altercation today on the parade route. One of the victims is in the parade organization.”
Chief Battiste went on to say that during the parade, Orr threatened his ex from the crowd while she was on a parade float. Orr then found his ex and her new boyfriend on St. Anthony Street not long after the parade ended.
Sandy Stimpson, the Mayor of Mobile spoke with reporters at the murder scene. She stressed that the downtown area was safe for Mardi Gras.
“This appears to be domestic-related, everything points to that,” said Mayor Stimpson. “If anything, because of this situation there is a heightened awareness on our part that we can’t let our guard down coming into the last day of Mardi Gras.”
“We have got everything that we have out there trying to make sure that everyone is safe,” he said.