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Police continue to look for shooting suspects

Selma Chief of Police William Riley and investigator Criminal Investigation Division supervisor Lt. Curtis Muhannad speak at the  crime scene in relation to the Tuesday afternoon shooting on the 1500 block of Philpot Avenue. Selma Police have gathered additional information in connection with incident. (Sarah Robinson | Times-Journal)

Selma Chief of Police William Riley,left,  and  Criminal Investigation Division supervisor Lt. Curtis Muhannad,right, speak at the crime scene in relation to the Tuesday afternoon drive-by shooting on the 1500 block of Philpot Avenue. Selma Police have gathered additional information in connection with incident. (Sarah Robinson | Times-Journal)

Selma Police have gathered additional information in regards to the Tuesday afternoon drive-by shooting that hospitalized two teens.

Selma Police have learned that an ongoing conflict between residents in the George Washington Carver Homes area and 1500 block Philpot Avenue residents could have led to Tuesday’s afternoon shooting. Police have yet to learn the details of the conflict, but suspect the conflict may be tied to a criminal element.

“It could be gang related,” said Lt. Curtis Muhannad, with Selma Police. “It could be drug related.”

Selma Police responded to a call concerning the shooting at 2:40 p.m. Tuesday.

When they arrived on the scene, they learned a 15-year-old female was shot in the left foot, and the 18-year-old male was shot in the jaw, while sitting on the female victim’s house porch on 1500 Philpot Avenue. The incident occurred roughly a block away from both Payne Elementary School and Gospel Tabernacle Church.

Muhannad said the shots reportedly rung out from a white Ford Crown Victorica possibly filled with people from the GWC homes area, according to the witnesses’ statements.

Police were able to locate a car matching the given description Tuesday in an alley near the GWC Homes area with 15 spent rounds inside of the vehicle.

While Selma Police have not been able to locate the gun, they suspect a 9mm was fired in the Tuesday shooting based on the casings found in the vehicle. There were casings of an unknown caliber weapon also found in the vehicle, possibly used during the shooting.

Both victims were sent to the Vaughn Regional Medical Center’s emergency room following the shooting.

The female victim has been released from the Vaughn Regional Medical Center’s ER, but Selma Police have not received an update on the male victim at this time.

“Anytime a shooting occurs at 2:40 p.m., during the time when schools are getting let out and more kids and starting to walk home, it’s devastating to our community and the police department,” Muhannad said. “This is something that the Selma Police Department is prepared to investigate to the fullest.”

Selma Police ask that anyone with information in relation to the incident call Crimestoppers at 1-866-442-7463 or 874-2588. Witnesses may also call the Secret Witness Line at 874-2190.