Mobile Nye Shooting: In Mobile’s downtown, hundreds of people depend on visitors to the entertainment zone to feel safe. After the city’s final deadly shooting of 2022, workers are optimistic despite the bloodshed on New Year’s Eve.
On Sunday morning, there is a massive pile of glass shards outside the Urban Emporium, along with the remains of what appears to have been a gunshot that passed through the front window. The store manager expressed her affection for downtown and desire for it to prosper.
Manager Nicole Moore expressed her sadness and frustration, saying, “It makes me sad, and I hate it because our downtown is so beautiful and great, and for anything like this to happen, it’s horrible, and I hate it.” A bullet hole in the glass of the Brickyard restaurant next door and spiderweb cracks on another panel are signs of the brawl that occurred just before midnight.
According to Cat Stevanus, a waitress at the Debris restaurant, “People were yelling, they were walking over each other, it was wild, and then the police came, and you could hear the whistles, and everyone was being escorted this way.” It was a long night for many people who work in the downtown area from New Year’s Eve to New Year’s Day, and they hope that something can be done to ensure that nothing similar occurs again.
The Urban Emporium’s Nicole Moore said, “Get down here and appreciate our lovely city; it’s come a long way, and it would be nice if things like this didn’t happen. Mike Piercy is setting up for his traditional New Year’s supper right across the street. He is the owner of Pat’s, a restaurant close to the shooting scene.
He claimed that he took precautions to ensure the safety of his customers and staff, expressed gratitude for the police’s prompt action, and argued that incidents like this shouldn’t occur in the entertainment district.
Piercy expressed his frustration, saying, “I hope it was an exceptional incident and not something that’s the norm individuals that come out that don’t generally come out.” Most of the employees we spoke with expressed hope that this incident won’t change people’s passion for downtown.