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Two arrested and charged with murder over Alabama shooting

A pastor speaks at a prayer vigil outside First Baptist church in Dadeville on Sunday. Photograph: Jeff Amy/AP

Two teenagers in Alabama have been accused of murder and charged after a shooting that occurred during a 16th birthday party, killing four people and injuring 32.

Ty Reik McCullough, 17, and Travis McCullough, 16, were taken into custody on Tuesday and charged with four counts of reckless murder, and additional charges may follow.

Although officials did not reveal much about the case, they stated that the suspects would be charged as adults. The victims who lost their lives have been identified as Marsiah Collins, 19; Phil Dowdell, 18; Corbin Holston, 23; and Shaunkivia Smith, 17. Four of the injured are still hospitalized, and four are in critical condition.

The shooting took place at a dance studio in Dadeville, Alabama, where approximately 50 people had gathered. The suspects, who are from Tuskegee, Alabama, were apprehended after a comprehensive and extensive investigation involving multiple law enforcement agencies.

The Gun Violence Archive has identified this attack as one of over 160 mass shootings in the United States this year.

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