APD releases more info on shooting, search continues for second suspect
Ardmore police say a Tuesday shooting at an Ardmore park may have been connected to a drug deal. According to an update from the Ardmore Police Department, the woman injured by the gunfire had no relation to the alleged shooter.
Ardmore police have been able to identify the shooting suspect but have not released the suspect’s name at this time due to the suspect being a juvenile. The woman injured was listed in stable condition, according to police on Wednesday.
Ardmore police responded to Charlotte Hall Park, located across the street from Ardmore High School on Veterans Boulevard, at around 3:19 p.m. on June 23 in reference to a shooting.
One suspect, later identified as 19-year-old Gabreon Noland, of Ardmore, was spotted running from the park. Noland was reportedly traveling southbound on Choctaw Street Northwest when he was detained by police.
Officers found that Noland was in possession of a firearm. However, he is not believed to have shot the firearm during the incident. The shooting suspect was reportedly last seen running east on Locust Drive Northwest.
After several interviews and further investigation, police were reportedly able to determine the circumstances that led up to the shooting and what likely occurred during the incident.
Police belive two subjects walked to the park with the intent to purchase marijuana. Once they arrived, they reportedly got into a vehicle to make the transaction, but before the exchange could be made, a verbal altercation took place.
The two subjects exited the vehicle and while outside of the vehicle, one of them allegedly brandished a pistol and fired two shots into the air, according to the release. Both subjects then fled from the park and the same individual believed to have brandished the pistol allegedly fired an additional four shots towards the vehicle.
According to the release, the vehicle’s back window was busted by the gunfire and a separate vehicle parked near the damaged vehicle was also hit by gunfire. The second vehicle was reportedly occupied by a female in her 20s, who was sitting in the driver’s seat.
The woman was struck by one of the bullets and both rear tires of the vehicle were flat due to the shooting. She was transported to Ardmore Mercy Hospital and later flown to another hospital for treatment.
Noland was arrested and booked into the Carter County jail for unlawful possession of a firearm. Charges have been submitted to the district attorney’s office for review and an active search is underway for the second suspect.
Anyone with any information regarding the incident is encouraged to contact the Ardmore Police Department at (580) 223-1212.