EUTAW, Ala. (WBRC) - Eutaw police said a total of four suspects have now been arrested in two recent shootings that they said are connected.
Ladexter Pelt was arrested for the shooting that happened in the William McKinley Branch Heights housing community last Thursday. Shiquille Powell was also arrested in a shooting linked to that. It happened a few blocks away.
Police said several cars and homes were shot up. One man shot is still in the hospital fighting for his life.
Two other suspects were arrested earlier this week in relation to the shootings. Corey Lewis and Kendarious Rivers face attempted murder charges like Pelt.
Powell however is not charged with attempted murder but firing a gun into an occupied car, as well as reckless endangerment.
The Eutaw police chief Derick Coleman said he believes the two connected shootings have to do with a shooting that happened a few years ago. The person convicted in that case did time and was recently released from prison according to the chief. “From the information we’ve been receiving and following up on Facebook, it has to do with a murder that took place years ago. The suspect did time. He’s out now,” Chief Coleman said.
Coleman said two shootings, one Thursday and again Sunday, happened in the William McKinley Branch Heights housing community. A man was injured in the first shooting. Both crimes have people living there too frightened to talk about it publicly. “They’re out here doing these shootings with automatic weapons. So we have rounds going in innocent victims’ homes, cars,” Coleman said.