An Alabama woman provided a gun and urged youths to shoot

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama woman provided youths with a gun and then drove them to and from the scene of a shooting, police said Thursday. She was arrested on multiple charges.

Several youths were involved in a confrontation on July 15 before leaving the scene and returning in a vehicle driven by Shakita Leann Crittenton, 35, according to a statement from the Dothan Police Department.

Upon arrival, the youths took a handgun from the trunk of the car and began firing, Lt. Ronald Hall. No one was hurt, he said, and it’s unclear what sparked the dispute.

Police searched Crittenton’s home after the shooting and found illegal drugs and malnourished puppies kept in cages in closets, police said. Aside from charges of attempted assault and firing a gun into a vehicle in the shooting, Crittenton was also charged with chemical endangerment and animal cruelty, the statement said.

Court records did not show if Crittenton had an attorney who could speak for her.

Three juveniles were charged as juveniles in the shooting, Hall said. The relationship between them and the woman is not clear, he said.

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