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Decatur man arrested in weekend attempted murders

DECATUR — Police have arrested a 25-year-old Decatur man in connection with the attempted murder of two people over the weekend

Thomas U. Ellzey faces a preliminary charge of attempted murder, and his bond has been set at $500,000.

The victims, a 20-year-old man and his 24-year-old sister, were hit by multiple gunshots as they backed out of a driveway in the 1000 block of West View Street at 11:19 p.m. Saturday.

Ellzey was arrested early Wednesday morning in the 3700 block of North Woodford Street.

Sworn police statements said the siblings were shot in their arm and torsos, and both sets of wounds were considered life-threatening. Their bullet-riddled van had been driven to Decatur Memorial Hospital, where they were interviewed by police as they were readied for surgery.

"Officers during interviews learned that a tense history existed between members of the (victim's) family and their associates and persons associated with the Ellzey family," the statements said. "This history included altercations and recent shooting incidents."

Officials said the two victims’ conditions have stabilized.

The police statements said Ellzey and a 23-year-old Decatur man, were waiting as the brother and sister's van backed out of a driveway. The victims told police they then heard gunshots and saw muzzle flashes as their bodies were hit by bullets coming from where Ellzey and the other suspect were standing. The victims later allegedly identified the suspects from a photo lineup.

An arrest warrant has been issued for another suspect in connection with the shooting, said Decatur police Sgt. Steve Carroll. The other suspect's name will not be released at this time, Carroll said.

Police had previously said they believed that a number of other shootings late early Sunday were also connected to the incident.

Gunshots were reported at 1 a.m in the 500 block of West Division Street; 2:10 a.m in the 3700 block of North Portage Place; 4:19 a.m. in the 1700 block of West Center Street; and 4:41 a.m in the 100 block of West Leafland Avenue.

Carroll said police are still investigating whether those shootings are connected to the attempted-murder incident.|(217) 421-7977;|(217) 421-7985


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