Man arrested after 3 shootings, including 2 on I-85 in Alabama, Georgia

One of the shootings left a victim in critical condition
Jerel Raphael Brown is charged in at least two shootings on Interstate 85 in Alabama and...
Jerel Raphael Brown is charged in at least two shootings on Interstate 85 in Alabama and Georgia, as well as a shooting on Atlanta Highway in Montgomery.(Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Aug. 17, 2022 at 8:49 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 17, 2022 at 8:51 PM CDT
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LEE COUNTY, Ala. (WSFA) - A sheriff’s office is identifying the suspect arrested in connection to three shootings, two of which were along Interstate 85 in Alabama and Georgia Wednesday, as Jerel Raphael Brown, 39, of Montgomery.

One of the drivers who was shot was flown to a hospital in critical condition. A motive remains unclear.

According to the Troup County, Georgia, Sheriff’s Office, Brown was arrested in east Alabama around 12:15 p.m. when a Chambers County deputy spotted the suspect’s vehicle near the county courthouse in LaFayette.

Jerel Raphael Brown, 39, of Montgomery, is arrested in Chambers County, Alabama, hours after...
Jerel Raphael Brown, 39, of Montgomery, is arrested in Chambers County, Alabama, hours after three interstate shootings.(Source: Troup County, Georgia, Sheriff's Office)

“The deputy initiated a traffic stop and the suspect was taken into custody without further incident and turned over to Auburn Police,” according to a statement released by Troup County’s sheriff’s office.

Jerel Raphael Brown, 39, of Montgomery, is arrested in Chambers County, Alabama, hours after...
Jerel Raphael Brown, 39, of Montgomery, is arrested in Chambers County, Alabama, hours after three interstate shootings.(Source: Troup County, Georgia, Sheriff's Office)

Multiple law enforcement agencies had been on the look out for the white 1996 Cadillac Fleetwood sedan, which authorities had captured an image of “utilizing camera technology by a partner agency,” including its license plate.

The suspect’s vehicle is described as a 1996 white Cadillac Fleetwood license plate 3753BF3.
The suspect’s vehicle is described as a 1996 white Cadillac Fleetwood license plate 3753BF3.((Source: Auburn Police Department))

Brown is facing multiple charges, including aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and first-degree criminal damage in Troup County.

Auburn police have since confirmed Brown, whom it reported as being 45, is being held without bond at the Lee County Jail on charges of attempted murder and shooting into an occupied motor vehicle. More charges are possible as the investigation continued, the department said.

The investigations started around 6:15 a.m. when Auburn police responded to the area of I-85 northbound between mile markers 56 and 57 on reports that a vehicle was stopped in the road.

Another motorist had given the victim aid before first responders arrived, but officers quickly learned the victim, a 45-year-old Prattville man, had been shot from behind while driving. He was flown to a Montgomery hospital in critical condition.

The scene of a shooting on Interstate 85 in Auburn on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2022. The victim was...
The scene of a shooting on Interstate 85 in Auburn on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2022. The victim was critically injured. A suspect, connected to two other shootings, has since been arrested. (Source: WTVM)

Less than an hour later, at 7:56 EST, Troup County deputies responded to a situation along I-85 in Georgia in which a driver reported he’d been shot at. The victim was uninjured, according to WTVM.

Montgomery police have since confirmed a connected shooting incident Wednesday morning in the area of Atlanta Highway in which a woman reported her vehicle was damaged by gunfire. No injuries were reported in that incident.

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