One person was killed and eight others were wounded at a community center in Atmore, near the Florida border, early Saturday.
Witnesses say a fight between two women during a graduation party for Escambia County High School's seniors. When people were trying to separate the two women, police said, gunshots were fired inside that hit several people.
Atmore Police Chief Chuck Brooks told CNN officers responded to a 911 call for shots fired at the community center around 2 a.m. Saturday. Once officers got to the scene, shots were still fired and police found one man dead in the center's cafeteria. The shooting was transformed into a community center, police said.
The eight wounded people were taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Brooks said, The suspects fled the scene and are still at large.
The high school principal, Dennis Fuqua, said in a statement Saturday the community "felt the pangs of tragedy due to the acts of violence that have left us past and present students injured."
"It is unfortunate that the event at the community center has been the success of our senior and football team field, but we love our Blue Devil family and will continue to pray for wisdom and healing, "Fuqua said.