Decatur Police Make Progress in Shooting Investigations

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DECATUR – Decatur Police say they have made significant progress in the investigations into the numerous shootings that took place during Father's Day weekend.

Authorities have made three arrests in connection with the shootings.

Decatur Police Detectives and members of the U.S. Marshal's Service arrested 18-year-old Kyle Akbar on Tuesday, June 23 in the 300 block of East Olive Street. Akbar was armed with a stolen 9mm handgun at the time of his arrest. Detectives say they believe this handgun was used in many of the recent shootings. Akbar also confessed to being the shooter in four of the recent shootings. He has since been booked into the Macon County Jail on numerous counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

Decatur Police Detectives arrested 19-year-old Malik Hyder and 22-year-old Anthony Rhymes as they were also identified as shooters in the recent crimes. Hyder and Rhymes have been booked into the Macon County Jail on charges of aggravated discharge of a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. Detectives recovered a second firearm that has been linked to Hyder and Rhymes' arrest.

The Decatur Police Department is working with the Macon County State's Attorney's Office and Macon County Probation Department to find those individuals responsible for these crimes and keep them off the streets. Detectives report they are seeking additional arrest warrants. More arrests are expected to take place soon.

The investigation is ongoing, and we will post more details as they become available.

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