Winfield charged with murder in the death Laura Ashley


Through continued investigation into the September 6th shooting and death of Laura Ashley, Amarillo Police Department detectives have obtained a warrant for her murder. The suspect in the death of Ashley is David Lee Winfield.

Winfield was booked into the Potter County jail on September 30th for the 4 shootings in Eastridge and is still incarcerated. 

“Right now, the information that we have confirms what we suspected at first in that this was random violence. 

"The people had no idea who this person was, and they were just, unfortunately, at the wrong place at the wrong time when the shooter decided to commit these violent acts.

 “The police department is committed to making sure that Amarillo is a safe place to live. We know that violent crime is an issue right now, and we are going to continue to do everything in our power to keep these things from happening, but also holding those accountable who commit these heinous crimes,” Amarillo Police Chief Martin Birkenfeld said. 

On Monday September 6th, officers with the Amarillo Police Department investigated five shootings in north Amarillo. Investigators are asking for any information that could help identify the suspect.

Here is a breakdown of each incident:    

At 12:05 AM, APD officers were called to the 900 block of Heather on a drive by shooting. The 17-year-old male victim was driving his vehicle when the suspect drove by and shot at him, striking him in the upper body. The victim was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
 
At 12:36 AM, officers were called to the 1300 block of Aster on a separate shooting. The 20-year-old male victim was driving in the 1000 block of Eastern Street and the suspect vehicle came up beside him and started shooting. The victim’s vehicle was struck, but he was uninjured.
 
At 12:41 AM, officers were called to the area of NE 20th Avenue and Iris Street on another shooting. The 48-year-old female victim told officers that she was driving on NE 20th Avenue and the suspect vehicle drove beside her and began firing into the driver’s side of her car. The victim was uninjured.
 
At 8:20 PM, officers were called to the 6700 block of NE 19th Avenue on a shooting. The 52-year-old female victim told officers that she was followed by the suspect vehicle to this location when someone in the vehicle fired shots at her, striking her car. The victim was uninjured.
 
At 9:21 PM, officers were called to the intersection of NW 15th Avenue and Monroe Street. Officers located Laura Etta Ashley deceased in her vehicle at this location. Ashley had been shot while driving.
 
The first four incidents happened in the same neighborhood, and all of the victims described the suspect vehicle as being a dark colored 4-door sedan with bright headlights. 

Detectives ask that anyone with information on these cases call the Amarillo Police Department or Amarillo Crime Stoppers at 374-4400. Tips can also be given anonymously online at www.amapolice.org or on the Amarillo Crime Stoppers P3 mobile app.

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