Ardmore police respond to third drive-by shooting within last month

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Ardmore police responded Thursday to what is now the third drive-by shooting in the city within the last month.

At around 1 p.m. on Jan. 30, APD Sgt. Larry Payne said officers were dispatched to the 700 block of White St. SE in reference to a driver firing shots at another vehicle.

“One vehicle was hit three or four times, five shots were fired and we’re working to speak with some witnesses to determine what we can about the suspect and the vehicle,” Payne said.

No one was injured and no suspects have been named at this time. “We don’t have very much information on it right now,” Payne said. However, police do not believe the incident was related to any prior shooting incidents that have occurred in Ardmore recently.

Only one day prior, on Jan. 29, Ardmore police responded to a separate drive-by shooting that occurred late at night in the 300 block of 12th Ave NE. Eight gun shots reportedly hit a residence, damaging the windows and doors. However, no one was injured.

Another separate drive-by shooting reportedly occurred on Jan. 8 in the 500 block of 3rd NW. Shots were fired at a residence with five occupants inside at the time and a resident that ran from the house was later arrested on separate charges of eluding.

However, police determined that the individual that ran from the house was not involved in the shooting.

No suspects have been identified in any of the cases at this time.

Payne said officers are unsure exactly why there has been a recent increase in drive-by shootings and are conducting a thorough investigation into all three incidents.

Police are considering the possibility that the incidents could be gang-related, however, Payne said there is no reason to believe they are at this point.

“With guns out on the streets, there’s always a possibility that it could be gang-related,” Payne said.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the Ardmore Police Department at 580-223-1212.