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Suspect arrested after four shot, two killed in related shootings in Kentucky town

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A suspect has been arrested in Elizabethtown after shootings left two people dead and two others injured, according to police.

At around 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Elizabethtown police received a report of a shooting on Warfield Street, according to WDRB. Callers reported a woman was reportedly pounding frantically on the door of a home and gunshots could be heard, WDRB reported.

Soon after police responded to the first location, they received reports about shots fired a half mile away at T-Mart Convenience Store on North Miles Street, WAVE 3 reported. At the gas station, police found one man dead and another man in critical condition, according to WAVE 3.

A female gunshot victim from the gas station fled the area and called 911 from American Legion Park, WDRB reported. She was shot in her leg. The park is around three blocks away from the gas station.

The suspect was located armed with a handgun on Warfield Street and he was taken into custody after a brief fight with police, according to WHAS. Elizabethtown police say the suspect was taken into custody “within mere minutes of the incident.”

The woman the suspect was in the residence with was later found dead near the home, according to The News-Enterprise.

Police believe the suspect acted alone, though what led up to the shootings has not been disclosed.

The suspect was identified by The News-Enterprise as Shadrach Peeler, 35. According to jail records, he has been charged with murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, tampering with physical evidence and resisting arrest. He has been placed in the Hardin County Detention Center.

Mike Stunson covers breaking news and real-time news for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Kentucky.com. He is a 2011 Western Kentucky University graduate who has previously worked at the Paducah Sun and Madisonville Messenger as a sports reporter.


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