7th Suspect in Custody for Oregon Shootings

A 17 year old Madison teen is the 7th person arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting that injured three people August 9th.

Somang Mey is being held in the Dane County Jail. He was arrested by Dane County Sheriff's deputies and Madison Police officers.

The arrest of Mey comes after the court appearance of one man believed to be involved in the drive-by shootings. Since that shooting, concerns of gang violence are rising.

But in a Wednesday morning press conference, Dane County Sheriff Gary Hamblin was not quick to point his finger at a motive of gang rivalries, but said gang violence is still a concern, and the investigation is far from over.

"As of this morning we have four adults in custody and one juvenile," reports Hamblin, "We have one other adult that's charged with both federal and state charges related to the procurement of weapons."

Including Sophorn Tep, who was charged Tuesday with 3 counts of attempted homicide, Mey's arrest brings to 7 the number of people, all from Madison, in custody in connection with the shootings.

24-year-old Sopath Seth faces charges of obstructing justice and federal firearms charges.

19 year-old Nathan Jenkins, 18-year-olds Jonathon and Jeremy Adeyanju and a 16-year-old, whose name has not been released but who will be treated as an adult, all face 3 counts of attempted first degree intentional homicide along with charges of party of a crime.

"They've recovered a number of weapons we believe may have been used in the shooting," says Hamblin.

Detectives have also seized 3 vehicles believed to be involved in the shootings.

Wednesday morning, amidst much speculation, the sheriff dismissed gang rivalries as the motive but said he is still concerned about local gang activity.

"I think anytime you have a number of people shooting up a residence with a large number of residents it ought to be a concern. We've been concerned about gang activity as well as the Madison Police Department and others for quite some time; I'm not sure that this particular incident is indicative of an escalation of that activity."

He says there is still a lot of work to be done in the case.

"We continue to pursue the investigation and our hope is we bring it to a successful conclusion. Success on our part means we have everybody who had a role in this incident in custody."

In speaking with two of the victims of those shootings, they say they're recovering. But one says he is fearful for his life because he says if all suspects aren't taken into custody, they will come back to "finish the job."

The sheriff says they are trying to round up additional suspects, as it is believed at least a dozen people were involved in the shootings.

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