Arrests made in drive-by shooting

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Two brothers have been arrested and charged with a drive-by shooting Saturday night in west Jasper. 

The shooting happened just after 5:30 p.m. on 21st Street near Ice House West convenience store. 

Jasper Police Chief J.C. Poe said an 18-year-old male suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen and was taken to UAB Hospital in Birmingham. The victim, who was not identified, was later released. 

The victim was among a small group of people talking outside when a vehicle drove by and shots were fired into the group.  

Witnesses helped police identify the vehicle driven during the shooting.

“We got a vehicle description, and because of the excellent work of our patrol division and our investigators we were able to identify two suspects and get warrants for their arrest,” Poe said. 

David Santana, 20, of Jasper, was taken into custody Monday afternoon at his job in Winston County. He was charged with attempted murder. 

Jose Santana, 19, of Jasper, turned himself in to police Monday afternoon. He’s also been charged with attempted murder. 

Both are still being held.

Poe said search warrants were executed at the Santana’s home and their vehicle to try to recover any evidence related to the crime.

Poe said police aren’t sure of a motive for the shooting. “But we’ve got ideas,” he said. 

Later that night, two vehicles were hit by gunfire about a mile away from the shooting. Police aren’t sure if the two incidents are related.

“We’re still working on that,” investigator Dylan Whitt said.

Poe said a second drive-by shooting happened Monday night on 21st Street near the site of Saturday night’s incident. This time, no injuries were reported. 

A suspect in Monday night’s shooting was taken into custody for questioning, but was later released without charges being filed, Poe said. 

Police do, however, still have the suspect’s vehicle.

Whitt said police do not believe Monday’s incident is related to Saturday’s shooting. 

“We’re trying to piece that together,” Whitt said. 

“We initially thought they were related,” Poe said. 

Poe said police are hoping anyone with information about Monday night’s shooting will come forward.

If you have information that can help, call the Jasper Police Department at (205) 221-2121 or Crimestoppers at (205) 254-7777.

“Both our patrol division and investigative division did an outstanding job on these cases,” Poe said. “We’re very serious about putting a stop to crimes like this, and we’ll use every resource necessary to do that.”