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Suspect in Hardie Avenue shootings arrested, 3 still at large

Published 11:01pm Friday, April 5, 2013

The Selma Police Department is reporting they have arrested Kenyada Dukes, one of seven suspects tied to shootings on March 20 on Hardie Avenue. With Dukes’ arrest, the department has now arrested and charged four suspects in the incident, while three remain at large.

Dukes reportedly turned himself into authorities Thursday.

Joining Dukes in custody are Earnest Bernard Gunn, Theodore Thespian Stallworth and James Cantrell Bender. Just like the others, Dukes has been charged with attempted murder, discharging a firearm into an occupied building and discharging a firearm into an unoccupied vehicle. His bond was placed at $2.7 million and he was placed in the Dallas County Jail.

The three remaining suspects are Lamarious Prince, Willie Earl Calhoun and Darryl DeWayne Johnson.

Selma Chief of Police William T. Riley said his department is continuing to search for the remaining suspects, but said some of the remaining suspects might have already fled the state.

On the evening of Wednesday, March 20 police officers were dispatched to the 2300 block of Hardie Avenue in response to calls of shots fired and several suspects with guns.

According Riley in an earlier interview with the Times-Journal, prior to the officers’ arrival, a group of individuals were standing in a nearby yard being “loud and arguing.”

“This went on for a brief moment when several of the individuals retrieved handguns and semi-automatic rifles and started shooting in the neighborhood,” Riley told the Times-Journal in an earlier report. “During the shooting, a number of vehicles and homes were hit and there were a number of children in the area when the shooting started. Some of those homes and vehicles were occupied at the time of the shooting.

“It’s fortunate no one was reported injured during this senseless act,” Riley said.

Unfortunately for the department, the suspects fled the scene before the officers arrived. Riley said through interviews and further investigation, the department identified a number of suspects reportedly tied to the shootings. Selma Police are asking the public to call 911 if they have any information on the whereabouts of the remaining suspects.

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