The quiet of a sunny Tuesday morning that was interrupted by the sound of several gunshots was related to a marijuana drug transaction, Radcliff Police Chief Jeff Cross said.
“It was a drug deal gone awry,” he said. “It was not a random person that was out and who was shot. This was part of an illegal activity.”
A third person was arrested Thursday related to the shooting which left one man with four gunshot wounds. A suspect arrested Tuesday now faces additional charges, according to arrest warrants.
Zalik Aaron Coates, 21, of Radcliff, was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property — firearm, a Class D felony punishable by one to five years in prison, and misdemeanor charges of first offense trafficking in marijuana less than 8 ounces and possession of a defaced firearm.
The same charges were added to allegations against Paris Bell, 23, of Elizabethtown, who was arrested Tuesday. Bell also is charged with first-degree assault – a Class B felony punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison, if convicted, and two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, a Class D felony punishable by one to five years in prison, if convicted.
According to new case filings Thursday, the handgun was reported stolen from Shepherdsville.
A second person arrested Tuesday, Jordan Morgan, 18, of Elizabethtown, is charged with first-degree robbery, a Class B felony.
Police believe Bell shot Ashton Nally, 19, of Vine Grove, four times. Nally is considered a co-defendant in the case, according to arrest citations.
RPD Lt. Brian Davis said Nally is in stable condition at University Hospital in Louisville where he was flown Tuesday. Davis said Nally was able to speak Tuesday with authorities.
Bond originally was set at $100,000 cash for Bell and Morgan was reduced to $55,000 cash for Bell and $50,000 cash for Morgan, according to jail documents following their arraignments in Hardin District Court.
Coates is being held in lieu of a $5,000 cash bond in the Hardin County Detention Center. He is being arraigned on his charges today in Hardin District Court.
According to Morgan’s arrest citation, he and Nally used a handgun in a robbery around 11 a.m. Tuesday. Nally allegedly then was shot four times by Bell.
Davis said the meeting was “pre-arranged.
“This case is isolated to these four guys,” Davis said. He said Bell and Coates met with Nally and Morgan to buy the marijuana.
Morgan admitted during his police interview he and Nally threatened to use a handgun in a theft, according to the arrest report.
The shooting happened on Hamilton Street, police said, with two bullets entering a residence occupied by two people. Bell was found with firearms, according to the citation.
Bell reportedly admitted to shooting Nally in a recorded interview with police, the citation read.