Gadsden Police announced several arrests in connection to three homicides that happened in lesss than a week. However, they say these people have not been charged in the shootings.
Authorities call the arrested "persons of interest." They have been charged but so far, none of those charges relate to the three murders. Two people were killed on the Meighan Boulevard bridge Friday, Aug. 16 and a man was shot and killed in his driveway on Kentucky Avenue Wednesday, Aug. 21.
At a news conference Thursday, law enforcement authorities found themselves fielding questions from reporters as well as friends and family members of the persons of interest.
Authorities addressed the lack of information, and rumors that sprang up in the meantime, saying they had to weigh the investigation against the public's right to know.
"At some point in time you have to inform the public that they're safe. And that's why we're here today, to tell you this is an isolated incident, it was not gang related, there was a reason one person did something to the other. We think we've got a good idea as to why it happened and what happened, and who did it," Etowah County DA Jimmie Harp said.
Investigators did not confirm whether the shootings are related but did say they were not random acts.
The persons arrested are:
-Antwon Lindsey, 30
-Kendra Leach, 28
-Cedric Orlando Young, 27
Police are also searching for a gray 2007 Ford 500, license plate BB50375, that may be linked to the bridge shootings. Police say the car has damage to its right front fender.
Harp says that a variety of federal, state and local agencies are working very hard on the case and that any member of the public who has information should feel safe to contact law enforcement with that information.
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