Detectives from the Daviess County Sheriff's office obtained an arrest warrant Wednesday afternoon, for a 17-year-old male wanted in connection with Saturday's fatal shooting of two teens in Whitesville.
The issuing of the warrant, on murder and assault charges, launched a manhunt that extended into the night Wednesday. But the juvenile, whose name has not been released, had not been located as of 8:30 p.m.
Major Bill Thompson, head of investigations for the sheriff's department, said the warrant charges the 17-year-old with two counts of murder in the deaths of Jasper Brown, 18, and Amarius Winstead, 16.
Thompson said the juvenile was also charged with one count of second-degree assault, for shooting Tyler Glover, 19, during the incident.
Winstead and Brown were fatally shot at 12:30 a.m. Saturday, at a party on Crisp Road in Whitesville. Glover underwent surgery at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. Sheriff's department officials said previously they believed Glover's injuries were not life-threatening, but had no information on his condition Wednesday. Owensboro Health officials said previously they had no information on Glover.
People at the party were unable to describe what happened, telling investigators there wasn't an altercation at the party prior to the shooting.
Sheriff's department officials said previously they believed Brown was the intended target, and that Winstead and Glover were shot only because they were in close proximity when the 17-year-old opened fire on Brown.
Information from witnesses at the party led to detectives issuing the warrant, Smith said.
"We are aggressively pursuing leads" to find the juvenile, Sheriff Keith Cain said Wednesday afternoon.
The names of juveniles charged with crimes are kept confidential under state law. The name would only become public if Commonwealth Attorney Bruce Kuegel decides to try the juvenile as an adult. The name would become public upon his first appearance in circuit court.
Major Barry Smith, chief deputy for the department, said because the suspect is a juvenile, officials can't release his name or photo to the public.
What led to Saturday's shooting is still under investigation.
"We are still working on a motive," Smith said.
By 8:30 p.m., detectives had mostly gone home, but patrol officers were still following possible leads. The juvenile's family members were not able to assist law enforcement in finding the juvenile, Smith said.
Smith said the hope now is that someone who knows about the incident and the juvenile involved will call in with information.
"At this point, we don't have a location," Smith said. "Obviously, we've notified area law enforcement and KSP (of the juvenile's identity) in case they come in contact with him." Smith said the juvenile is believed to be a potential danger to law enforcement officers, due to the nature of the charges against him.
"We feel there are a select amount of people who know where he's at," Smith said. "Hopefully, one of those will give us a tip, or they'll make a mistake and let somebody know," and that person will contact law enforcement, Smith said.
Anyone with information about the shooting should call the sheriff's department at 270-685-8444, or can leave anonymous tips with Owensboro Crime Stoppers, at 270-687-8484. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for tips that lead to arrests.
James Mayse, 270-691-7303, email@example.com, Twitter: @JamesMayse