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Two 'persons of interest' arrested

AUBURN - The alleged shooter remains at large, but a second person of interest in the Saturday night shooting that left three dead and three wounded, has been arrested and charged with hindering prosecution.

Murder suspect Desmonte Leonard

Jeremy Thomas, 18, of Montgomery has been charged with hindering prosecution. He allegedly fled with 22-year-old Desmonte Leonard, who faces three charges of capital murder, after the shootings University Heights apartments Saturday, Auburn police chief Tommy Dawson said.

Dawson said Leonard, also from Montgomery, is still thought to be in the Montgomery area.

Dawson said Thomas is being questioned by Auburn police officers. Police have also contacted a third individual who is believed to have been with Thomas and Leonard the night of the shooting.

Another Montgomery man was also arrested Sunday, according to police.

Gabriel Thomas, 41, was arrested without incident at his home in the 100 block of Grovewood Drive and charged with first-degree hindering prosecution,

Dawson said he was aware of Gabriel Thomas’ arrest, but he was unsure if Gabriel Thomas and Jeremy Thomas are related.

Gabriel Thomas was booked into the Montgomery County Detention Facility on $15,000 bail.

The FBI and U.S. Marshals Service have offered a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Leonard, who Dawson said should be considered armed and extremely dangerous law enforcement say should be considered armed and dangerous. Police originally said they believed Leonard might be in the Montgomery area.

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