Three Ringgold residents have been arrested in recent days as Bienville Parish authorities make headway in the ongoing investigation into a drive-by shooting earlier this month that’s related to an unsolved November homicide.
Two are accused of assisting the alleged drive-by shooter in eluding capture, while the third is charged with hiding the weapons that were used thus hindering the investigation, Bienville Parish Sheriff John Ballance said Monday.
The arrests get authorities closer to identifying the persons involved in the shooting death of 31-year-old Shanette M. Carter. She was struck by a wayward bullet while sitting in her apartment with her young child. The gunshot was fired during a disturbance involving several people in the parking lot.
“We’re optimistic,” Ballance said. “We’re working closely with Ringgold PD on this and hoping to bring this to a resolution soon.”
A step was made on March 13 with the arrest of Kenquan Mayfield on nine counts of attempted first-degree murder. Ballance said Mayfield and Isaiah Fritz Walter, 20 of Ringgold, are the ones who fired at shots on March 3 at a house on Blacksmith Road, where bullets narrowly missed people in the home and standing in the yard.
The drive-by was in retaliation of Carter’s death, Ballance said. At least one of the two men suspected in her homicide was standing in the yard.
Walter was arrested quickly after the incident, but Mayfield’s arrest didn’t happen until the next week when the U.S. Marshal’s Service caught up with him at his mother’s home in Radcliff, Ky.
But Mayfield didn’t get there by himself. Two people whom Ballance said helped him get away were arrested this weekend.
Jelisa Drew, 24, of Ringgold, and Kenny Antonio Brown, 37, also of Ringgold, were arrested by Ringgold police on warrants charging them with accessory after the fact to attempted first-degree murder.
Drew helped Mayfield evade arrest by driving him from Ringgold to his sister’s house in Coushatta. Then Brown took Mayfield from Coushatta to a bus station in Alexandria, where Brown bought him a bus ticket to Louisville, Ky, Ballance said.
Drew is free on a $100,000 bond. Brown is still jailed on a $500,000 bond.
Also jailed is Dasjuan Jalik Reed, 18, of Ringgold, on a charge of obstruction of justice. Ballance said Reed removed weapons used in the drive-by shooting. His bond is $1 million.
The arrests are not over. Warrants have been issued for three more people, the sheriff said.