The shootings in the car park of Southern Union Community College in Opelika killed a 63-year-old woman, wounded two other women, aged 36 and 94, and injured a four-year-old who was hit by flying glass.
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Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims' families.
Thomas Franklin May, 34, was charged with capital murder and attempted murder and is being held without bail, said Police Chief Tommy Mangham.
He said the shooting was related to a domestic matter and was pre-planned.
Chief Mangham said: 'We really don't know what's in a person's mind when they do something like this.'
One of the wounded women was Bethany L May, the alleged shooter's estranged wife, Chief Mangham said.
Authorities wouldn't release any more information on the victims or their medical conditions. However it was revealed that one victim was a student at the community college and that some of the victims were related.
Court records revealed Mrs May filed a request against her husband last week seeking protection from abuse, but the details were unavailable.
A judge in Lee County issued a temporary order against Mr May and scheduled a hearing for May 11.