Murder Investigation Underway: Shortly after 11:00 PM last night, Florence Police responded to a report of “Shots Fired” in the area of Marion Avenue and Chisholm Road. Upon arrival, officers located a black male deceased inside a vehicle. The victim has been identified as Eric Monte Watkins, 32, of Muscle Shoals. No further information is available at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact Inv. Drew Harless at 256-760-6610 or text a tip using keyword “FPDTIP” plus your message and send to “CRIMES” (274637).
A source close to the investigation has told PNS that Watkins attended the UNA game with some friends and family Saturday. It was one of the last reported sightings of Watkins before his body was found.