Alachua PD: One brother arrested, another wanted for shooting that wounded 5

McKenzly Edwards is wanted for attempted murder

One man is in custody and his brother is on the run after Alachua Police say they fired more than 25 rounds at a car last month, wounding five people and nearly hitting a toddler.

Alachua Police arrested and charged 22-year-old Kenzel Lashod Edwards with six counts of attempted murder in the first degree in connection with the Jan. 15th shooting, according to court documents.

Police say his 24-year-old brother McKenzly Edwards is wanted on the same charges after witnesses told police they say both brothers approach a vehicle and draw their guns. Sgt. Jesse Sandusky said the two male victims were standing outside the car talking to a 24-year-old woman who was in the car with her three young children.

Sandusky said more than 25 rounds were fired from an assault rifle. A court document filed Friday describes everyone’s injuries: Clifford Snead sustained a punctured lung and abrasion to the left side of his head. Ron Fairly sustained life-threatening injuries to his lower back and legs. Jasmine Thomas injured her hand and lost a finger because she was reaching for the gear shift in an attempt to drive away from the scene after the shooting started.

Thomas’ 4-year-old daughter was grazed in the head and her 2-year-old son was shot in the right hand that will require multiple surgeries. The report says Thomas’ 20-month-old child was not struck but the child’s car seat had a projectile go right through it.

Police say the suspects then jumped in a dark-colored vehicle and drove away.

Kenzel Edwards is being held in the Alachua County Jail on $1.5-million bond.

The arrest comes three days after police charged a 15-year-old with murder in the death of Dana Walker, Jr. on Jan. 14th. Police believe the Jan. 15th shooting was gang-related and payback for the slaying.

Police also announced that they arrested 28-year-old Rakeidra Neal in connection with a Jan. 30th incident in which police say she pointed a gun at a rival gang member. Sandusky said they don't know if she was involved in the Jan. 15th shooting.





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