Gas station shooter still on the loose, a look at how Mobile Co. jail documents tattoos
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) —
The search continues for an extremely dangerous gunman who shot three people at a Mobile gas station on July 31st.
It happened around 11:30 p.m. at the Chevron on Sage Avenue and Emogene Street.
“We want him to know that we will allocate every available resource that we have to take him into custody," MPD Chief Lawrence Battiste said.
A few days ago investigators released a picture showing a tattoo on his right forearm.
That led us to ask if there's a tattoo database or how tattoos are documented at Mobile County metro jail.
Lori Myles with the Mobile County Sheriff's Office says during booking they take note of tattoos.
"There's a series of questions that are asked of that inmate coming in," Myles said. "We have a section on there that says are there any markings on them and if there are we click that box and say if it's on their right arm, leg or neck."
The database is searchable , however it doesn't include a picture or extra info about the tattoo, so search results could bring up hundreds or even thousands of people.
"It would be a lot of man power to go through and set all that up," Myles said.
Myles says it's a system they're considering upgrading but costs is a factor.
"If we could narrow it down and we had that database it would be great but it just costs a lot of money," she said.
It doesn't just stop there, investigators have access to state databases that document tattoos.
MPD is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in this case.