1 killed, 1 injured in shootings; police searching for suspect
Brookhaven police are looking for a suspect after two shooting incidents in the city Monday left one person dead and another injured.
The Brookhaven Police Department was dispatched to King’s Daughters Medical Center at 4:45 p.m. Monday in reference to a person being shot. The victim, Aquarius Nelson, 26, of 905 East Independence St., was shot multiple times and was pronounced dead at KDMC, according to police. The fatal shooting is alleged to have taken place on Walnut Street.
The Brookhaven Police Department responded to a report of shots fired on East Independence Street around 4:30 p.m. Monday. Officers at that time said it was reported that shots had been fired into/at a house.
Police Chief Bobby Bell said investigators are looking for suspect Cordarryl Bell, male, 24, of 510 East Congress St., in relation to the incident.
Christopher Stringer, 39, was shot at his residence on North Egypt Circle and transported to KDMC in a personal vehicle sometime before 2:30 p.m. Monday. Stringer was wounded in his leg. Bell said when officers interviewed him he stated he did not know who shot him.
Both BPD and local narcotics units are investigating both incidents. Bell said Cordarryl’s name was mentioned in reference to both shooting incidents. Stringer, Cordarryl Bell and Aquarius Nelson each have criminal records.
“Basically with this incident we’re treating it as we don’t know if it’s going to be a continuation or what,” he said. “We’ll have to be proactive to keep innocent people from getting hurt, protect those people who are doing the right thing.”
Bell said that it is situations like this that are made worse by, and sometimes caused by, people withholding information from police.
“We had an awfully busy day,” Bell said. “We’re trying to keep our law-abiding citizens from getting hurt and we’re going to continue to patrol and do what we can. Situations like this we have no control over, and at the same time we’re dealing with a community that will not — that is letting thugs dictate; to where the attitude is: ‘We wont say anything about what we see, won’t let the law enforcement know what’s going on before they get out of hand.’”
This is the seventh murder to occur in the city of Brookhaven this year.
Updated at 11:32 a.m.
Authorities are investigating a possible connection between a house fire that occurred on East Independence Street Monday and the fatal shooting of Aquarius Nelson, 26, of 905 E. Independence St.
The Brookhaven Fire Department responded to a house fire at 707 E. Independence St. at 8:15 p.m. Monday night. Chief Tony Weeks confirmed the house was that of a Moses Bell Jr. No connection between Cordarryl Bell and Moses Bell Jr. has been confirmed.
“We don’t have enough information to connect the two [incidents.] We’re right in the middle of [the investigation] and haven’t come to any conclusions,” Weeks said.
As of now the cause of the house fire is being treated like any other, with the State Fire Marshal being called in to investigate.
This is a developing story. Last updated at 11:57 a.m.
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