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Police have received “a few” tips to Crime Stoppers in connection with the quadruple homicide Wednesday night in the city, Police Chief Bob Hundley said today.
“Investigators are continuing the investigation. Paris police have received a few Crime Stoppers tips and are following up on all investigative leads,” Hundley said. “Again, anyone with information that may lead to the arrest and/or indictment of the person or persons responsible is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 903.785.TIPS (8477).”
The person providing the information will not have to testify in court.
Hundley and Capt. Danny Huff, the supervisor of the investigation, fielded questions from local, regional and national media on Thursday afternoon.
“First and foremost, we’d like to express our condolences and prayers for the families of the slain young men,” Hundley said.
“This was a pretty violent situation. I’ve been a police officer here for 39 years, and I can’t recall any multiple homicides like this that we’ve had here in Paris. It’s not indicative of our city. We’ve pretty much pulled out all the resources that we can to solve this crime.”
According to police department spokesman Curtis Garrett, police received 9-1-1 calls from two separate female callers about 11:23 p.m. on Wednesday — one to report someone bleeding and one to report a shooting.
Upon police arrival, the bodies of four young men were found in a front room of a house in the 400 block of NE 6th Street from apparent gunshot wounds.
Police did not specify at the press conference if they had a suspect or if this was a robbery or execution-style killing, but did say that the act did not appear to be random.
Hundley — after cautioning the media that the early status of the investigation would limit what they could talk about — introduced Huff, who said the crime happened “shortly before the first officers arrived on the scene.”
Pictures on Facebook indicated one of the victims had gang signs, but Huff said: “There’s no reason for us to believe that right now. I have not seen those pictures. We’re not investigating it as a gang incident, nor are we willing to rule that out.”
Media: “What about drugs?”
Huff: “We’re not going to speculate on that right now, sorry. We’re looking at all possibilities. We’re not targeting any one individual or group of individuals. We are going where the evidence takes us.”
Media: “Should the public be concerned?”
Huff: “I don’t have any reason right now to think that the public should be concerned. The only thing that I will say to ease the concern of the community is that this does not appear to be a random act of violence that you would normally think the community would become very concerned about.”
By Josh Allen, eParisExtra
Below are police photos of the four victims:
Joel Kenneth Cannon, 24, Possession of Marijuana <2 oz
Alice Amanda Swan, 34, Possession of Controlled Substance PG 1 < 1 g, Possession of Controlled Substance PG 3 <28 g
Perry Obrian, Jr., 73, Assault Causing Bodily Injury
Richard Raymond Dixon, II, 42, BS/Possession of Controlled Substance PG 1 >1 g Drug Free Zone, BS/Possession of Controlled Substance PG 1 <1 g
Jesse D. Keen, 22, Assault Causing Bodily Injury – Family Member
Ashley Apre Johnson, 19, Possession of Marijuana <2 oz Drug Free Zone
The Paris Police Department received a 9-1-1 call from a female caller around 11:23 p.m. Wednesday to report someone bleeding, according to Paris Police Chief Bob Hundley.
“Paris Fire, EMS and police responded to the scene and upon arrival found four individuals deceased in a residence at 435 NE 6th Street,” Hundley said.
All four individuals were found in a front room of the house. Each victim looked to have apparent gunshot wounds, and autopsies were ordered by Precinct 5 Justice of the Peace Gene Hobbs.
According to officials, investigation revealed there were two other men in the house at some point during the evening.
“Investigators have interviewed one of the men, and the other man was arrested on unrelated charges,” Hundley said. “The department has not identified any witnesses to the shooting.”
The deceased have been identified and next of kin notified. They are:
Romello Dewain Steward, 18, of Paris
Devante Laray Akins, 21, of Paris
Brijonne Rashad Woods, 24, of Paris
Billy Charles Carey, 32, of Garland
“Paris police investigators and Texas Ranger Stacey McNeal have been processing the very complex crime scene all night, clearing the scene at 8:05 this morning,” Hundley said. “From the preliminary investigation, any form of a murder/suicide has been ruled out. The investigation is ongoing.”
Anyone with any information regarding this offense is encouraged to contact the police department at 903-784-6688 or Lamar County Crime Stoppers at 903-785-TIPS.
By Josh Allen, eParisExtra
Police responded to a 911 call just before midnight Wednesday night that shots were fired in 6th Northeast area. Four have been pronounced dead. Police Police Chief Bob Hundley says that a press release will be made shortly. Investigators are still on the scene and hope to complete the crime scene investigation today.
eParisExtra will keep you informed as details become available.
Bradley Neil Upchurch, 35, Forgery Financial Instrument
Brock Morgan Elmore, 27, Motion to Revoke – Delivery of Marijuana >1/4 oz <5 LBS
Tashana Nicole Marshall, 29, Possession of Controlled Substance PG 1 <1g, Theft of Property >$50 <$500
Byron Magroskie Shaw, 57, Driving While License Invalid, Violate Promise to Appear (Uniform Act)