Drive-by shooting suspects in custody

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NEWARK, Ohio— Newark Police said they have arrested two suspects wanted in connection with a drive-by shooting .

Police said 23-year-old Devin S Rhinehart of Newark turned himself in Wednesday at about 9:00 a.m. and  22-year-old James Michael Alexander of Pataskala was arrested without incident Tuesday in Columbus with the assistance of the Columbus Police SWAT.

Rhinehart and Alexander were wanted following an incident Saturday, November 17th when officers responded to 83 Riverview Drive on the report of a shooting.

Arriving officers discovered 61-year-old Jewel Scott had been shot. Newark Fire treated Scott at the scene and she was flown to a Columbus area hospital.

Newark detectives and officers were able to quickly determine the shot came from outside the Scott home.

It is believed that Jewel Scott was not the target of the shooting, but a victim of a stray bullet.

Detectives began an intensive investigation and canvass of the neighborhood.

The case will be presented to the Licking County Prosecutor’s Office to review charges of felonious assault, having weapons while under disability, and improperly discharging firearm at or into a habitation.

If anyone has any additional information about the shooting, please contact Newark Detectives at (740) 670-7200.