A Birmingham man is dead today and a local woman in critical condition at a UAB Hospital after an attempted murder-suicide incident in Cullman County.

Late Wednesday night, Sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of gunshots at the Country View RV Park on Alabama Highway 91, between Hanceville and Colony.

They found the bodies of two gunshot victims laying on the ground outside one of the trailers.

According to Sheriff’s reports, Joetta Carole Underwood, 33, a resident of the mobile home park, was shot three times with a .357-caliber handgun, in the shoulder, chest and abdomen. She was evacuated from the scene via medical helicopter and is listed in critical condition at a UAB hospital.

The reported assailant in the shooting was Patrick O. Lewis, 38, of Birmingham. According to Sheriff’s reports, after chasing Underwood from her trailer and shooting her multiple times, he turned the gun on himself.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner Gary Murphree, who said the fatality appeared to be caused by a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound. The body has been sent to a forensics lab for an autopsy and blood toxicology tests.

Sheriff Tyler Roden said Thursday authorities are still investigating possible motives in the case.

“We know he had an on-off relationship with the victim for about a year or so,” Roden said Thursday. “We’re still checking to see if she had any kind of restraining order against him.”

According to an incident report filed at the Sheriff’s Office, Lewis drove to the Cullman residence from Birmingham in a blue Honda late Wednesday. Upon arrival, he found the trailer occupied by Upton, her three children — ranging in age from 10 to 15 — and an adult male, Quincy Lovell Long of Bessemer.

Lewis allegedly kicked in the front door and threatened the five occupants at gun point. When her assailant was distracted though, Underwood reportedly fled the residence, running outside and around the corner of the structure.

Long later told investigators that Lewis fired at Underwood from the porch before giving chase. Once they were out of sight, Long said, he heard several more shots, according to the incident report.

While Lewis did not survive his injuries, Underwood was reportedly conscious when deputies arrived. She allegedly pointed at Lewis’ body and said “he did” when asked who had shot her.

Roden said authorities will continue to investigate the incident, and the children have been taken into protective custody.

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