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Two men arrested for hindering hunt for Auburn gunman

A second man has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting in Auburn from over the weekend. 

Jeremy Thomas, 18, was arrested around noon Monday and charged with hindering prosecution. Thomas is one of the persons of interest that Auburn Police Chief Tommy Dawson mentioned in Sunday's press conference. Dawson says Thomas was present at the shooting. 

Jeremy Thomas apparently is not a stranger to the law.  WSFA reported last year that he was charged in a 14-year-old girl's homicide. WSFA also reports a grand jury indicted Thomas on manslaughter charges. His trial is set for next week, June 18.

Thomas joins a Montgomery man who was arrested late Sunday for allegedly hindering a search for a gunman wanted for capital murder in Auburn. 

The Montgomery Police Department, the U.S. Marshal's Service and the Auburn Police Department arrested 41-year-old Gabriel Thomas for providing false information to law enforcement officers searching for Desmonte Leonard.  

Leonard, 22, is considered armed and dangerous and is wanted in the capital murder deaths of three people at a pool party near Auburn University; three others were injured. 

Thomas was arrested after it was determined that he made contact with Leonard and mislead officers.  He was taken to the Montgomery County Detention Facility where he is being held under a $15,000 bond. 

Meanwhile, the manhunt continues for Leonard. 

Rewards totaling $15,000 are being offered for his arrest and conviction. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering $10,000, while the U.S. Marshals Service is offering a $5,000 reward.  

It seems Leonard is also no stranger to law. Reports indicate Leonard was arrested in the past for assault, theft of property, possession of a handgun without a license and failure to pay child support.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Leonard please call the U.S. Marshals tip line at 334-223-5400. 

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