A suspect has been arrested in connection with a double shooting Monday near the Salvation Army's Kroc Center. However, it's still unclear is the suspect is invovled with two shooting deaths a couple blocks away on Sunday morning.
A 17-year-old male was apprehended just before 8 p.m. Tuesday and accused of two counts of felony aggravated assault with a firearm and felony possession of a firearm.
Two men, ages 18 and 21, were hospitalized after being shot in the calf and thigh, respectively, while standing in the 400 block of Laurel Street outside of Laurel Place Apartments about 7 p.m. Monday.
They told police an unknown person wearing a black hoodie began firing at them.
Police said Wednesday it is unclear if the suspect is involved in the Sunday morning shooting deaths of 21-year-old Kalyn Farmer and 22-year-old Mercede Newbill in the 1100 block of Napier Street, just a couple blocks north of Monday’s shooting.
Police will investigate to see if there is a connection, Detective Sgt. Ian McQueen said.
“If he’s capable of doing one shooting, we would explore to see if he has done others,” McQueen said.
Not all of the details of Tuesday’s arrest were available Wednesday morning.
McQueen said police located a vehicle belonging to a relative of the suspect and, after a search of it, located evidence from the shooting.
It is unclear if the shooter was arrested at the same time the vehicle was searched.
The Tribune generally does not name suspects until they have been formally charged by the prosecutor’s office.
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