Arrest made in shooting

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Preston Nelson, a 16-year-old Selma youth, was arrested Tuesday morning on charges stemming from a shooting at the Tornado Club on Alabama Avenue Sunday morning.

The shooting injured Patrick Walker, also of Selma. According to police reports, Walker was shot in the back, then ran into the club.

Walker was listed in stable condition Monday morning.

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Nelson is charged with one count of Assault First and two counts of Shooting into an Unoccupied Vehicle. All of the charges are felonies.

He was booked and processed into the Dallas County Jail after his mother brought him into the Selma Police Department.

He was later released on an $8,000 bond.

According to District Attorney Ed Greene, if convicted, Nelson faces a possible sentence of 2-20 years on the assault charge and two separate sentences of 1-10 for the other charges.

Sentences sometimes vary, depending on the case.

According to police, Nelson is only one suspect under investigation. Other arrests are expected to be made.

Police Chief Robert Green said during a press conference Tuesday that the case is still ongoing.

According to police reports, the shooting occurred at 1:45 a.m. Sunday.

Tornado Club owner, Clyde Richardson, called in the incident.

Richardson said people started running into the club when the gunfire started.

Richardson said the situation was almost out of control.

Since the shooting, Councilwoman Rita Sims Franklin has issued a call for action.

Richardson feels his club is unfairly being singled out.

This is the sixth shooting in Selma since the year began.

Another shooting occurred at Donnie Roy’s Nightspot the same night.

Police were alerted to the case when Keith Crittendon filed a report at the Vaughan Medical Center Emergency Room.

Crittendon was shot in the left hand during the incident.

Police are investigating it as well.