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Dawson man, 48, shot to death during fight outside Dollar General Store in Fyffe

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A Dawson man was shot to death outside a Dollar General in Fyffe Friday night, DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris said.

Edward Lee Phillips, 48, died after being shot multiple times around 8:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the store. Prior to the shooting, Phillips was involved in a verbal altercation with a man who was inside a vehicle and about to leave the store after renting some movies.

According to a release, witnesses at the scene told authorities that Phillips struck the man through an open window before being shot. Upon the arrival of law enforcement, the shooting suspect was detained and taken to the sheriff's office for questioning. The weapon used in the shooting was also recovered.

Phillips was taken to a local hospital emergency room, where he later died.

"The DeKalb Ambulance Service crew worked very hard to save Eddie but he passed away at the ER from his injuries before they could fly him to Huntsville," Harris said.

Phillips' body was sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Science in Huntsville for autopsy per an order from District Attorney Mike O'Dell.

The shooter was released after an initial review of the evidence.

"Further investigation is progressing at this time and the case will likely be presented to a grand jury for a determination of possible charges," Harris said.

Harris, who has known the victim's family for many years, said, "I am very sad for them in the loss of their son, brother and family member."

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