Man shot at while car is stolen, 3 suspects still on the loose

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A Greenwood man was calling the police to report that his car was being stolen, when he was shot at.

Just after 5 a.m. on Saturday, Brandon Ray said he had been woken up by his dog barking and noticed that his black Honda
Pilot in the Court across from his residence.

He ran outside and got into his other vehicle to chase down his vehicle that was being stolen, and as he was backing out of his driveway he noticed a dark maroon Dodge Charger nearby.

While on the phone with 911 dispatchers, Ray said that he followed the maroon Charger because he thought the vehicle was related to the theft of his vehicle and he noticed four black males in the Charger all wearing tight skinned masks.

The men got out of the Charger and fired a single shot at him and then the men took off towards a strip mall.

A Johnson County Sheriff’s deputy who was responding to the call, pulled into the near by strip mall and noticed a male subject fleeing from a black Honda Pilot.

The deputy tried to stop the suspect, but the man continued to run north into the woods.  A perimeter was set up and a K-9 was called to the scene.

Just before 6 a.m. police found a red Dodge Charger in the 3100 block of Buckmoor Court, which was discovered to be stolen out of Westfield from the day before.

Police searched the area for the suspects who had stolen the vehicle and  found a black male subject on the back porch in the  1400 block of  Heron Ridge. The male was identified as 21 year-old Lemickol Thomas and was arrested for resisting, unlawful entry into a vehicle and residential entry.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s office is continuing the search for four black male subjects possibly armed, in the area of  Buckmoor Pkwy, SR 135 and Olive Branch Rd. in Greenwood.

Police are urging residents in the are to use caution and to not leave vehicles running unattended, or doors unlocked.

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