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Saturday, November 9, 2019

Alexandria murder suspect in custody, details developing

A suspect is in custody in connection to the shootings which occurred on N. Cottonwood Drive yesterday afternoon in Alexandria. Police are still investigating and will release more information when it becomes available.

Police arrested 18-year-old Richard Fessler early Saturday  morning in a neighborhood in Alexandria near Washington Trace. He was booked into the Campbell County Detention Center at 4:00 a.m. on charges of murder and attempted murder.

Alexandria Police Chief Lucas Cooper said one victim, who was shot twice, advised officers to a home where they found two other victims dead inside. Cooper said that there has not been a homicide in Alexandria in the time he's been with the department, 13 years.

Cooper said that they believe the suspect and victims knew each other.

Fessler had only one charge as an adult on his record, a shoplifting charge in August 2019. According to that case memo, police alleged that Fessler had stolen a facemask from Kohl's at the Crossroads Plaza in Cold Spring, valued at $30. He was given diversion by the court.

The case memo on that case also indicated that Fessler resided on N. Cottonwood Drive. It's not yet clear if the crime took place in the same home.

Chief Cooper said that a passerby acted quickly to help the victim who had been shot by stopping to help emergency treatment.

Ambyr Schnitzler told FOX19 she was driving through the area with her two kids in the car when she saw a man running down a cul-de-sac with his arms up and blood all over him.

“I needed to be there. I really believe that. He was shot in the shoulder and underneath his rib area and there was so much blood. I am not sure how many times he got shot. I just know those two areas and the whole time I was holding it and packing it and all that pressure. I made him stay with me, not to go into shock and he was telling me about his son. He just kept up with me until they got there,” Schnitzler told Fox.

The injured victim was transported to UC hospital. Their condition is unknown at this time.

The City of Alexandria Police Department issued a "shelter in place" for area residents while they attempted to located Fessler.

The victims of the shooting and the circumstances of the crimes have not yet been released.

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