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Victoria police seek two suspects in shooting

By ErinPradia
April 25, 2012 at 8 p.m.
Updated April 25, 2012 at 11:26 p.m.

Police Chief JJ Craig is seen through the view finder of a video camera as police officials conduct a news conference on Wednesday regarding a double shooting  at the Regency Apartments on Tuesday.

The Victoria Police Department is searching for two men in connection with the Tuesday shooting death of Jerry Paul James III, 37, and the wounding of a 24-year-old woman.

The suspects were seen arguing with James before the shooting, then leaving in an older white four-door vehicle with dark tinted windows, Victoria Police Chief JJ Craig said Wednesday at a news conference.

The information tying these two men to the shooting was not released because it is part of the continuing investigation, Craig said.

Warrants charging murder and attempted murder have been issued for Dedrick Roy Bonner, 18, and Donnell Deshaun Dilworth, 22, of Victoria, Craig said.

The shooting at the Regency Studio Apartments in the 100 block of Regency Avenue at 1:52 p.m. Tuesday killed James and injured the woman, who was taken to Citizens Medical Center, said VPD Sgt. Eline Moya. Police did not released the woman's name.

But a neighbor identified her Wednesday evening as Allaceia "Lacy" Stepheny, who lived at the apartment with James and their 1-year-old son.

Wednesday evening neighbors played with their children outside near where the grass and street were stained with orange paint marking the scene of the shooting. A police patrol car cruised through the neighborhood.

The couple's toddler, who was present but unharmed during the shooting, is being taken care of by James' mother, said neighbor Caryl Barnes, 36.

"They had their arguments between them like a normal couple," Barnes said. "But within minutes they were back to being a happy family."

Barnes said her neighbor worked at Twin Pines Nursing Home and Rehabilitation during the day and James stayed home with the child, who turned 1 in February.

Stepheny has not been at work since the shooting Tuesday, said Twin Pines assistant food service supervisor Carolyn McGrew.

"She was a good worker," McGrew said. "She mostly kept to herself, but she is a good person."

The police department wants the public to know these men are still at-large and are considered to be armed and dangerous.

"We have reason to believe they're still in the region," Craig said. "If you see them or have any information about their whereabouts, call the police."

The occupants of a black Charger who were detained Tuesday for questioning shortly after the shooting were determined not to be involved in the double shooting.



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