Andalusia police chief calls recent drive-by shootings 'unusual' for city

Andalusia police chief calls recent drive-by shootings 'unusual' for city

ANDALUSIA, AL (WSFA) - Oscar Mae Ferrill is sick and tired of it.

"I am very upset and never something happened like this," said Ferrill.

Oak Street is normally a quiet street but gunshots interrupted the silence Saturday afternoon. This was the second drive-by shooting within five days. The first happened a few blocks away on Snead Street.

"What do they care?" Ferrill said.

Police say both cases are unrelated and in both cases no one was injured.

"Unfortunately, these two incidents happened last week are unusual for our area," said Andalusia Police Chief Paul Hudson.

Two drive-by shootings in five days in Andalusia, a rarity for the town of 9,500. Investigators say they have good leads. Police have identified three suspects in the Oak Street shooting and signed warrants on one of the three Wednesday. Assuming they're captured, they will face charges of attempted murder and shooting into an occupied dwelling. Chief Hudson declined to the identify the three until they're arrested.

"The suspects we've developed are not local to Andalusia or Covington County," said Hudson.

And detectives have a good idea who's allegedly connected to the Snead Street shooting but no arrest in that case either. The investigation so far has produced no clear motive in both shootings.

For now, the quiet has returned to Snead and Oak streets and Oscar Mae Ferrill hopes it remains so in her neighborhood in more than 20 years.

Hudson said the city averages around one murder every two years.

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