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Police searching for 2 brothers in Linden murder, considered dangerous

Police have identified two brothers who are suspects in a shooting that killed 1 and injured another person. Both are considered armed and very dangerous (WSYX/WTTE)

Columbus Police are asking for the public's help finding two brothers who are suspected in a shooting Sunday that killed a 19-year-old and injured another person.

Detectives say James Echols III, 22, and David Echols, 17, walked up to a car on Loretta Avenue around 7:20pm Sunday evening and opened fire. The passenger in the car, 19-year-old Damon Waddell, died from his injuries. The driver, a female, was critically injured but is expected to survive.

Police say the Echols brothers are also considered persons of interest in other previous violent crimes that are still under investigation, which is another reason they consider them to be armed and very dangerous.

Detectives say their last known address is Oaklawn Street, and they believe they may be in northeast Columbus. They're urging people if you think you see the suspects to not approach them, but to call police.

James Echols III is described as 6'4" 179 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. David Echols is described as 6'1", 155 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

David Echols was charged with one count of murder and two counts of felonious assault Thursday. His brother was charged with one count of murder.



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