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Kokomo Man Arrested For Series Of Shootings

The Howard County Courthouse in Kokoko, Ind.

Kokomo police have a suspect in custody after three shootings that left one dead and two injured Thursday. Officers found 48-year-old Argena Williams suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.

Kokomo police major Brian Seldon says officers were first called to the area of Apperson and Taylor streets on a report of a battery victim.

“Upon our arrival, officers found the victim,” Seldon says. “He suffered a gunshot wound and subsequently was transported to a local hospital where he died.”

Police later found 40-year-old Miriam Mallory suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. Mallory was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Officers responded to a third call of a gunshot victim, this time officers found 51-year-old Ricky Patterson also suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. Patterson was also taken to the hospital where he is being treated.

Witnesses from the third shooting saw a man running from the scene. The description given to police led them to 36-year-old Turama Stitts of Kokomo. Stitts was taken to the Kokomo Police Department for questioning and was later arrested.

Resident Kevin Hizer says crime is common in the area.

“This street right here is known for crack cocaine activity, so it‘s sad to see it,” he says. “But my mother lived here about 30 years, and she don‘t want to move. She doesn‘t have to move but it takes the neighborhood to stay together.”

Stitts faces one count of murder and three counts of attempted murder. Kokomo police believe Stitts acted alone in Thursday‘s shootings and is also responsible for the shooting of 64-year-old David Gibson.


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