Police may have suspect in GWC Homes shooting

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 29, 2004

A shooting that injured two in GWC Homes may have had nothing to do with either victim.

Tyeshia Thomas, of Orrville, and Michael Powell, of GWC Homes were both wounded when a vehicle entered GWC Homes Tuesday night. According to the police, one or more passengers of the vehicle began shooting. Witnesses on the scene described the vehicle as a silver Cavalier.

Selma Police Chief Robert Green described the shooting as “a random act of violence.”

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Green indicated at a press conference yesterday that Powell and Thomas weren’t the intended targets of the shooting.

“(We) believe this incident is related to ongoing conflicts between residents of the area,” Green said.

Thomas, 18, was shot in the lower left thigh. Powell, 19, was shot in the left ankle. Both victims were transported to Vaughan Regional Medical Center, treated and released.

In addition, several vehicles were hit in the incident.

A 1992 white Honda Accord, a 2003 blue PT Cruiser, a 1986 black Camaro and a 1982 brown Monte Carlo were all damaged in the incident. All vehicles exhibited damage from the shooting, including broken windows and bullet holes in the door panels.

One of the vehicles, the Monte Carlo, was occupied by a minor at the time of the shooting. Police collected evidence at the scene and several shell casings were found on the road.

Green said the shooter fired at least four times and the case is progressing.

“Leads are being developed,” he said. “I think we do have a suspect.”

Recently, the SPD Gang Suppression Unit was in GWC Homes painting over gang-related graffiti. Green refused to comment on whether or not the shooting was a gang-related incident.