Several guns, including two assault weapons, were seized last week after police officers searched a house on Loper Street as part of an investigation into multiple shootings in the western section of the city where two people were struck by bullets.
Several guns, including two assault weapons, were seized last week after police officers searched a house on Loper Street as part of an investigation into multiple shootings in the western section of the city where two people were struck by bullets.
Bond was denied for two men, one a teen-ager, charged with attempted murder in connection with separate shootings last month.

The separate shootings occurred over the weekend of Jan. 27-28 and sent two victims to the hospital with gunshot wounds.

Lantrain Malik Hoskins, 17, of 236 Railroad Avenue, was charged with two counts of possession of a stolen firearm and one count of attempted murder following a shooting at the intersection of Martin Luther King Dr. and Atkins Street.

The victim, who was shot twice, was treated and released from the hospital, Chief of Police Grant Myers said.

Hoskins was released from the county jail earlier this month on a $40,000 bond after a grand jury indicted him for aggravated assault. The indictment charged that he shot at a vehicle on Railroad Avenue in late July.

Hoskins was charged as an adult in both cases.

He remains in the county jail after he was denied bond last week on the attempted murder charge.

In a separate incident the same weekend, Jeremy Brown, 26, of 381 Loper St., was charged with two counts of shooting into an occupied dwelling and one count of attempted murder.  He was denied bond on the attempted murder charge.

Brown is charged with shooting into a house on west Walnut Street where a female was struck by a bullet, Myers said.

She was treated and released from the hospital.

Jaylon Talley, 18, 373 Loper St., was also charged with one count of shooting into an occupied dwelling.  He remained in jail at press time under a $25,000 bond.

Chief Myers said houses on Loper, Adams and west Walnut streets were struck by bullets over the two-day weekend.

“We had three officers in that area after receiving reports of shots being fired,” Myers said. “Two of them were within about 100 yards of the west Walnut Street house.”

Investigators later executed a warrant to search a house on Loper Street where two assault rifles and a handgun were recovered.

“This investigation is early on and we do expect more charges,” Myers said. “Anyone with knowledge about these shootings should come to the police department and give a statement.”

Investigators believe all of the shootings are connected to an ongoing dispute among those involved, he said.

Mayor James A. Young expressed frustration over the shootings, saying they were being done by “the same bunch who were shootings at houses eight or 12 months ago. They stay right down the street from each other. Some have been charged. It just hasn’t come up in court yet. It’s nothing new. No new people involved.”

Young expressed sadness for the people impacted.

“They are putting these people’s lives at risk by their irresponsible behavior,” he said. “Everybody wants it to stop but it’s not going to stop until someone comes forward with eyewitness testimony, stands by it and doesn’t drop the charges two months down the road.

“We are trying to catch the perpetrators and bring them all to justice and quite putting other folk’s lives at risk.”