Police Detail Evidence, Charges in Double Murder
Five suspects have been charged after a deadly shootout killed two teens and wounded four others last summer.
ERIE, Pa. - Five suspects have been charged after a deadly shootout killed two teens and wounded four others last summer.
Erie police arrest teams hit the streets early Friday morning, rounding up the suspects charged in a shooting. Police brought in all but one suspect.
"I can't stress enough the importance of this case, and our satisfaction with bringing the criminals to justice," said Erie Police Chief Randy Bowers.
Four Erie men face multiple charges, including murder, for the death of Shakur Franklin, 16.
One of them still remains at large, as of Friday evening. He is Jahaun Jones, 18.
The other suspects were arraigned Friday afternoon and sent to the Erie County Prison without bond. They include Stephen Russell, 20, who was already behind bars on unrelated gun charges. Police arrested the others, Demond Mitchell, 19, and Keshawn McLaurin, 19.
Police say they sprayed a hail of bullets into a crowd during a drive-by shooting July 24th, 2015. The crowd of anywhere between 50 and 100 people gathered near 29th and Summit Street in Erie for a house party. Several witnesses identified the suspects, according to investigators.
The suspects were all inside a white SUV when they opened fire. The driver then crashed the vehicle as they fled the scene. Police recovered two .38 caliber handguns in and near the vehicle that also linked the suspects to the homicide.
Darion Eady, 21, is also charged with murder. Police say he was at the party that deadly night.
Eady is charged with killing Elijah Jackson, 16, who died from a .22 caliber bullet to the head. Police recovered a .22 caliber handgun from the scene. They found Eady's DNA on that weapon, according to the criminal complaint.
Police spent the past eight months interviewing witnesses and reviewing evidence. During the investigation, some of the public criticized police because of what they considered a lack of action.
Erie police, specifically the two lead detectives, Rick Lorah and Greg Baney, were commended for their hard work during a news conference Friday morning.
"Hunting down leads, sending out evidence, going back to crime scene, day in and day out working this case. I don't think we'd be here today had they paused for a moment and turned their attention elsewhere," said Erie County District Attorney Jack Daneri. "I would hope as this case moves forward, the public's confidence in the police, should it have waned over the last 8 or 9 months, would certainly be restored."
Police have an active arrest warrant out for Jahaun Jones. If you have any information on where he may be, call Erie Police at 870-1120.