Shooting spree on vacant school campus nets one arrest, others pending

One man has been arrested in connection with a shooting incident Tuesday on the campus of Shelling Elementary School.

Police arrested David Jerel Hamilton, 33, of 3617 Cooper Street, who police think was involved in the incident although he was not charged with that crime but another.

According to police, several shots were fired on the vacant campus of Shelling Elementary School’s parking lot Tuesday evening at about 4:12 p.m. in the aftermath of a fight involving about twenty African-American males.

As the shots were fired, the men ran toward the nearby Kingsway Apartments.

The entire incident was recorded on a cell-phone showed men running, holding up sagging pants, and shouting.

A white Mercury Marquis, in which Hamilton was a passenger, sped away from the scene with police in pursuit. Police arrested Hamilton when he was stopped at 1800 Powell Avenue.
Police records show that officers reviewed a citizen provided video that showed Hamilton, seated in the front passenger seat, arriving at the scene of the shooting in the white Marquis. The video also showed him leaving the school campus when the shooting began.

There were no weapons found in the vehicle, but, according to the report, officers saw a baby bottle with approximately seven to eight ounces of “a thick, green liquid suspected of being Promethazine syrup.”
The bottle was reportedly protruding from the crack between the driver’s seat of the vehicle.

Officers also reported finding two white styrofoam cups, which had a green liquid mixed with a clear liquid inside an empty one-liter Sprite bottle on the back seat of the driver’s side floorboard.
Since baby bottles are commonly known to distribute and sell Promethazine, police had probable cause to charge Hamilton with drug possession even though they suspected he was connected with the shooting minutes earlier.

Hamilton was booked on charges of possession of a controlled dangerous substance with an intent to manufacture, produce or distribute.
His bond was set at $2,500.