Crime

Opelika homicide victim was shot at same apartment 2 weeks ago

Nearly two weeks before authorities found Jaquavious Montrell Strickland dead of multiple gunshot wounds in an Edmon Avenue apartment, he was the surviving victim of Sept. 15 shooting at that same address.

Officials said Strickland, 23, was flown to Columbus Midtown Medical Center for treatment after the first shooting left him with a gunshot wound to the head. He was treated and released shortly before the deadly incident.

“Strickland was less than cooperative during that investigation,” Opelika Police Capt. Shane Healey said about the Sept. 15 incident in the 600 block of Edmon Avenue.

Healey said they were called to the same residence at 1:19 p.m. Tuesday and found Strickland unresponsive with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:34 p.m., said Lee County Coroner Bill Harris.

Police said they have yet to make any arrests in connection with the homicide.

Healey said they are also investigating incident in which multiple individuals in the Samford Way area were found in possession of 11 guns, including three AR-15 rifles.

“Charges have not been filed at this time, as the cases and their relationship remain under investigation,” Healey stated in the release.

Police have yet to confirm whether Strickland was targeted in the fatal shooting, but Healey stated there have been multiple shootings on Edmon Avenue over the past several years in which the victims were specifically targeted.

“Therefore, it is not believed that the crimes occurring within that neighborhood are necessarily related to the neighborhood, but to those targeted victims specifically,” he said.

Anyone with information about the deadly shooting is encouraged to call the Opelika Police Department’s Investigative Services Division at 334-705-5220 or our Secret Witness Hotline at 334-745-8665.

Sarah Robinson: 706-571-8622, @sarahR_92

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