The identity of the man, who shot and wounded three people on Tuesday morning, prior to being shot and killed by law enforcement officials, has now been identified.
38 year old Daniel Eric Blackmon of Guntersville, was fatally wounded in the wake of a high speed pursuit which ran through Blount and Marshall counties when he reportedly fired on law enforcement officials attempting to take him into custody.
According to a report by WBRC TV FOX 6 News in Birmingham Blackmon suffered a history of mental problems according to family members; Blackmon’s father said around five years ago, his son began experiencing mood swings, and in January of this year (2016), he’d been diagnosed with a deadly blood disorder – eventually being diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder 1.
The elder Blackmon said that he didn’t know what triggered the shooting spree on Tuesday but the night before, his son had called, and told him that “demons” were in his yard, and he then came over and they went to Gadsden “looking for demons.”
Authorities say Blount County 9-1-1 received a call about 7:40 Tuesday morning, reporting a man discharging a firearm at motorists on U.S. Highway 278; that man then fled the scene and less than an hour later was seen on U.S. 231, where he was pursued until he crashed on 278 near Alabama Highway 79 in Blount County, where the fatal shootout took place.
The case remains under investigation.
Authorities say Blackmon is also considered a “person of interest” in a case of church arson, near the Blount/Marshall County line several days before the chain of events on Tuesday.