CLINTON CO, Ind. (WLFI) - The Clinton County Sheriff's Office has released the mugshot of Gary C. Ferrell II, who is the primary suspect in the NHK shootings on Aug., 18.
The victims in the shooting have been identified as Promise Mays, 21, and Pamela Sledd, 62, both from the Rossville area. They are grandmother and granddaughter.
According to Clinton County Sheriff Rich Kelly, Clinton County Central Dispatch received a number of 9-1-1 calls at 4:14. When officers arrived, Mays and Sledd were found dead. Kelly says they were arriving for work when they were shot in the parking lot.
Within minutes from dispatch, officers identified Ferrell on State Road 28 driving towards Frankfort in a blue Ford Focus. After a short, high-speed chase, Ferrell crashed and was taken into custody on the scene.
The Clinton County Prosecutors office is working to gather evidence at the scene. At this time, no charges have been brought forward.
"So it is devastating, and it's going to take a long time to heal from this I'm sure, so every resource that we have, we're going to provide that to the community, to NHK of America and anybody that we can reach out to," Kelly said.
In a statement, Kelly said:
"I am deeply angered and appalled by the violent crime that took place in our community this afternoon. This behavior will simply not be tolerated. We are working feverishly with the Clinton County Prosecutor’s Office to gather evidence and statements so that we may move forward with charges in the next couple of days. I want to express my sincere condolences to the family of Ms. Sledd and Ms. Mays. I pray they are in the hands of God this evening and that their families can find comfort in the days and weeks ahead. To the employees of NHK who witnessed this horrifying scene, our chaplains will be available, as will counseling provided by NHK. Our hearts are with all of you. To my Deputies- ‘the wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion (Proverbs 28)’… This afternoon you pursued evil and you chased him into an unknown, where you safely apprehended him with no harm to yourselves or to others. I am humbled with pride to represent such bravery and professionalism. To the other responding officers of Frankfort Police and Mulberry, I thank you for following us into the fight. I can’t give our Central Dispatch enough credit for the amazing job they do getting our first responders vital information to render aid to victims and to capture suspects. I want to personally thank all of the other agencies who supported the Sheriff’s Office this afternoon- the Salvation Army, ISP, FBI, ATF, Coroner’s Office, EMS, Fire, and our wrecker services from Jerry’s and Miller’s. Thank you to our Chaplains for their response to our scene and to our Correctional Staff for their professionalism in receiving the suspect. Our first responders are all top-notch in their respective professions and I am proud to serve with all of them! Please continue to pray for the families of the victims. Pray for NHK. Pray for our First Responders. Love and support one another and stay safe." -- Sheriff Rich Kelly