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Three men accused in Progress Village shooting

TAMPA — Three more people have been arrested in connection with the March 31 Progress Village shootings that sent four teens to the hospital and spurred local schools to increase security.

U.S. marshals Wednesday arrested John Knox Steadman, 19, on five counts of attempted murder and five counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Aaron Steadman, 20, who already was in jail on a probation violation charge, now faces a charge of conspiracy to commit murder. The Steadmans, who are brothers, live at 7302 Heritage Hills Drive in Temple Terrace, jail records show.

Landrick Edwards, 20, who was in the Polk County Jail on burglary charges, now also faces five counts of attempted murder and five counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Deputies said that on March 31, two groups of teens were arguing in the Progress Village area. Later, several participants returned, and two were armed. They started shooting at a group of teens.

Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Debbie Carter said detectives believe that John Knox Steadman and Edwards were the two men who were armed.

Last week, deputies arrested Aljunda Tompkins, 17, and charged him with five counts of attempted murder in connection with the Progress Village shootings.

Three men accused in Progress Village shooting 04/15/10 [Last modified: Thursday, April 15, 2010 11:57pm]
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