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.

Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at 270-505-1757 or

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