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Suspects in Hinesville triple shooting no strangers to cops

Shooting at Pineland result of a feud that escalated; two arrested

POSTED: August 9, 2017 12:00 p.m.

Shooting suspect Michael Cansler, 17, was denied bond in magistrate court Monday morning, according to Hinesville Police Department Det. Jonathan Greer.

Cansler is one of two men allegedly involved in the Aug. 1 shooting at 959 Pineland Ave., that sent three people to the hospital.

He turned himself in Saturday, police said.

The other suspect, Troy Vencent Howard, was arrested shortly after the shooting, according to HPD Sgt. Franklin Gallob.

Both Cansler and Howard face three counts of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission or attempt to commit certain felonies.

Both men have been in trouble before.

Howard’s most recent arrest happened March 1. According to the incident report, Howard was one of three men nabbed during a drug sting by HPD’s narcotics team at America’s Best Value Inn, 706 E. Oglethorpe Highway.

Howard faces a number of drugs and firearm charges from that incident.

His bond was set at $38,900. He posted bond March 3.

Cansler’s record includes theft by receiving stolen property, several traffic violations, charges of fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer, obstruction and reckless driving stemming from an Oct. 13 incident when he allegedly led officers in a chase through the city in a stolen BMW.

Cansler was freed after posting bond. He was indicted on those charges May 8 and entered a not guilty plea June 26.

Cansler has accumulated more charges for theft by receiving stolen property for allegedly having multiple weapons in his possession May 1 that were reportedly stolen from a pawn shop.

He was also charged for a misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Bond was set at $15,000. Cansler posted bond on those charges May 3.

Though the shootings are still under investigation, police said the attackers and victims know each other and had an altercation earlier that night.

Hinesville Police Department Lt. Tracy Howard said the attack may have been result of an ongoing feud that finally escalated to the point it did.

The victims included two men, Joshua Armstrong, 19, and Keldric Jackson, 21.
Both were flown to Memorial Medical Center with gunshot wounds.

A woman, Migadalia Borrero, 20, was also hit by gunfire. She was taken by ambulance to Memorial.

All are recovering, police say.

Howard said there were “multiple family members” living in the Pineland Avenue home, including children, “but there were no children injured nor any evidence to indicate children were present when the events took place.”

Howard said there were no warnings before the shootings took place to cause police to believe that those involved would turn to gunfire.

“We haven’t had any significant calls to that location or that residence to indicate anything of that magnitude was going to happen,” he said.

Two of the victims, Jackson and Armstrong, also have  had run-ins with law enforcement in the past on drug and weapon

Lewis Levine contributed to this story.

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