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ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Three people are in jail charged in connection with the cold-blooded shooting of an Albany business owner more than three weeks ago.
Police continue to look for three other suspects in the attack on Walter Phelps. He was gunned down during a robbery at P&P Garden Center July third.
Our viewers helped police solve the crime after we showed surveillance video showing the suspects using Phelps stolen credit card.
Walter Phelps is out of the hospital and was in his store Tuesday. He didn't feel up to talking to us on camera, but told us about the vicious crime against him. He was simply bending down to pick up some tomatoes when he was shot in the back near his neck, narrowly missing his spinal chord.
It was this video from the Polo store at an outlet mall in Lake Park just three hours after Walter Phelps was shot and robbed at his hardware store in Albany that helped police make the arrests.
"It was just the citizens, they knew these guys and when we aired it on the local news they were able to identify these guys and call, call constantly giving us names on these individuals," said Detective Arthur Tyler, Albany Police Robbery& Homicide Division.
Police charged 19-year old Ezekiel James and 20-year old Jamon Carter with armed robbery, aggravated assault, and theft by receiving. They're wearing the white T-shirts in the surveillance video but police won't say what role they played in Phelps shooting.
"We're still investigating their roles in this incident," said Tyler.
Gloria Davis Carter, Jamon's mother is charged with evidence tampering, but police wouldn't elaborate. Police now have warrants for the three remaining suspects.
"We hope the individuals are watching this news broadcast and will turn themselves in," said Tyler.
Police believe they're still in Albany. Customers who've shopped at P&P Garden and Hardware Center for years are grateful to hear of the arrests.
"I'm very glad and very thankful that he wasn't hurt worse than he was," said David Gilford, A P&P Garden & Hardware Center customer.
Phelps has a lot of therapy ahead of him, he's not back to work yet. Family members were hesitant to talk on camera since there are more arrests still to be made, but gave us this statement:
We are thankful to see progress being made in the case.
Mr. Phelps continue to recover. We are greatly appreciative of the prayers and thoughtfulness of our friends as well as the community.
The Phelps Family.
At P&P friends and family have pitched in to keep the store open and running. They say they are putting safety measures in place in hopes something like this won't happen again.
Police refuse to tell us the names of the other men they're looking for. But if you think you recognize the mystery suspects from that video, call Crimestoppers at 436-TIPS. You can remain anonymous.