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Murder suspect tells media, "I'm the guy you are looking for."

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Thomas Franklin May III, (Source: Opelika Police Department) Thomas Franklin May III, (Source: Opelika Police Department)

OPELIKA, AL (WTVM/WSFA) - Opelika police say the suspect in fatal shooting on the campus of Southern Union Community College parking lot is charged with capital murder and attempted murder.

Thomas Franklin May III, 34, faces one count of capital murder, two counts of attempted murder. But we are told more charges could be pending. 

The intended target, according to OPD, was Bethany Lynn May, the suspect's wife. 

May has been charged with the following:

-capital murder for the murder of Brenda Marshall Watson, age 62

-attempted murder for the shooting of Bethany Lynn May, age 34

-attempted murder for the shooting of Maude Ethell Marshall, age 93

-attempted murder of Mays' four-year-old daughter who was in the van during the shooting

-shooting into an occupied vehicle, a charge on behalf of all of the people inside the van at the time of the shooting

All of the victims are from Opelika. The alleged shooter, Thomas May, is from Auburn.

Marshall was airlifted to Columbus Regional Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the neck and back. May's wife, Bethany Lynn May was transported to East Alabama Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the arm.  The fourth victim, May's 4-year-old daughter, was also taken to EAMC with injuries sustained by flying glass.

May, whom police had been searching for in connection with the fatal campus shooting our reporters on-site and said, "I'm the guy you're looking for."                                       

Our reporters left the area where May was standing and called 911. Opelika police arrived a short time later and took him into custody.

A protective restraining order was filed against the suspect on behalf of his wife. The order was approved on Monday, April 4.

Meanwhile, counselors are on campus ready to help students cope.  We are told that nursing students at Southern Union Community College assisted victims in Wednesday's shooting attack.

May is expected to appear in court Thursday. News Leader 9 has a team covering this story. We'll have a live report beginning on News Leader 9 at Five and Six.

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