New Albany School District speech pathologist and wife of New Albany High School’s head football coach, Amanda Price, was shot and killed just outside their New Albany home Monday evening.
Price, 31, wife of Coach Ron Price, died as a result of injuries she sustained when shot by an unknown assailant at the couple’s residence, 302 Murrah Rd.
Ron Price himself was also shot during the incident, New Albany Police Chief David Grisham said.
According to Grisham, Amanda Price had gone outside into their back yard with their dog a little before 10 p.m. when she came upon someone and startled them.
“She began to scream then,” Grisham said. “She turned to go back into the house and was shot.”
Grisham said that her husband heard her screams and ran outside to see what was wrong. He was then shot as well.
“The bullet that hit her entered through her back and exited through the right front,” Grisham said. “He was shot in the shoulder.”
Ron Price was taken by ambulance to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, treated and released late Monday night, Grisham said. His wife, however, was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County, where she was pronounced dead.
Grisham said the couple’s three-year-old daughter, Molly Addison, was at home at the time, but she was not injured.
According to Grisham, authorities have no suspects or motives as of press time. He said that Ron Price saw the shooter, but could not give any details and said the subject was wearing dark clothing.
“We don’t know the reason this happened,” Grisham said. “If anyone in the area saw anything suspicious Monday night, we just ask that they call us at 662-534-2222 with any information they may have.”
Grisham said he and the mayor were working together to develop an offer of a reward to anyone that might have valuable information related to the case. He said they expected to announce the amount Tuesday afternoon.
Price has served as head football coach at New Albany High School since 2008 and has lead the Bulldogs to the playoffs in back-to-back seasons – a 13-1 record in 2010 and a 9-4 record this past season.
Prior to 2008, Price had served on the high school staff from 2006-07 and as head football coach of the middle school from 2002 to 2006.
The New Albany School District began offering grief counseling to its students Tuesday morning. Shane Sanderson, athletic director for New Albany High School, met with the football team to discuss the tragedy with its members.
“Right now, they’re hurting,” Sanderson said about the athletes. “This is such a tight-knit group, and that alone is a testament to the type of coaches Ron and his staff are.”
Sanderson went on to say that the football team has offered its support to the family.
“They shared a few words and lifted prayers,” he said. “They’re ready to do whatever it takes to help, because they know Ron would do the same thing for them. They’re being the examples Ron has worked hard to make them. They care so much for him and we’re all hurt and want answers, but there are still people who need help. Hopefully, we’ll have answers soon.”