DA: Gang retaliation to blame for Camden shooting, violence

Published: Jul. 8, 2016 at 10:29 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 12, 2016 at 7:14 PM CDT
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WILCOX COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - Prosecutors say a string of violent incidents in Wilcox County, including a shooting that wounded a community corrections officer, are connected to gang activity and a recent murder.

Wilcox County District Attorney Michael Jackson says several apartments and a business were riddled with bullets and Kneshana Bonner was shot.

Jackson says Bonner works with community corrections. Family members say she was in her bed sleeping when she was grazed in the face by a bullet. She is recovering from her injuries.

Members of the local gang task force are assisting Camden police with the investigation. No arrests have been made.

According to officials, the shooting and other recent crimes are tied to a deadly club shooting.

"The Wilcox gangs are mad because one of their members, Marquell Kimbrough, can't get out on bond," Jackson said.

On May 29 after 1 a.m., the Wilcox County Sheriff's Office was called to the Flip Flop Club off Highway 10, approximately five miles east of Camden in reference to a shooting. Once deputies arrived, they found Rayshawn Rowden suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.

He was rushed to a local hospital and then air-lifted to a Montgomery hospital where he died from his injuries

Marquell Kimbrough, 19, was arrested and charged with murder in Rowden's death and placed in jail without bond.

Jackson said work is underway to quell the gang retaliation and capture those involved in the different incidents, including the shooting that left Bonner wounded.

The Camden police chief declined to release any information Friday.

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