Weekend shootings injure two

Published 10:39 pm Monday, May 8, 2017

The Selma Police Department is investigating a rash of weekend shootings that injured a man and woman.

According to Lt. Tory Neely with the Selma Police Department, a 30-year-old man was shot Saturday around 8:30 p.m. on South Avenue just a block away from where a fatal shooting happened last month. A 29-year-old woman was shot on the 2600 block of Truman Street Sunday.

“We had a shooting that occurred on South Avenue, which is off the bypass, where there were a group of subjects out,” Neely said Monday. “At some point, an argument ensued and at least one person displayed a handgun and fired, striking a subject.”

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The 29-year-old victim was grazed across the left side of his face and shot in his right side as well. According to Neely, he was transported to Vaughan Regional Medical Center for treatment for non-life threatening injuries.

“There were multiple weapons fired, but from what I understand, the victim had no weapon,” Neely said. “He was an innocent bystander.”

A 31-year-old man, Christopher Cooper, was shot in the head on the 300 block on April 14 and died a few days later. Neely said investigators do not believe Saturday’s shooting is related to Cooper’s death.

The Truman Street shooting happened Sunday afternoon around 3 p.m.

“We had a female that was driving to her home … when gunshots were fired, and she was struck in the leg area,” Neely said, adding her injury was also non-life threatening.

There were no other passengers in the vehicle when she was shot.

No arrests have been made in either shooting. The department is also continuing to investigate a fatal robbery that happened early Friday morning on the 1600 block of Tremont Street.

Charlie Sanders, a 62-year-old, was shot in the head and robbed.

“We do have some strong leads in a couple of the incidents, which will most likely lead to an arrest,” Neely said.

According to Neely, Sanders was found by a neighbor that saw him laying by his car.

“It appears that that shooting was related to a robbery because the victim was missing property from off of his body,” he said.

“From what we understand, he was leaving home to go to work on that particular morning.”

The department is asking for anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-442-7463, the SPD Criminal Investigation Division at (334) 874-2125 or the secret witness line at (334) 874-2190.