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Case of revenge backfires for 5 suspects in Lowndes County

Shawn Hale shows the handgun he's armed himself with. He believes he's the target of revenge. (Source: WSFA 12 News) Shawn Hale shows the handgun he's armed himself with. He believes he's the target of revenge. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Shawn Hale's handgun. (Source: WSFA 12 News) Shawn Hale's handgun. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Hale's shotgun. (Source: WSFA 12 News) Hale's shotgun. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
FORT DEPOSIT, AL (WSFA) -

Shawn Hale spends his days looking over his shoulder after he says someone burned down his home Monday night and shot up his girlfriend's home two days earlier.

"Why would someone burn my home down. I don't burn nobody," Shawn Hale asked.

Hale's girlfriend Sebrinia Thigpen  is still counting the bullet holes in her home not far away.

"It happened in broad daylight," said Thigpen.

Hale said he was visiting his girlfriend at the time and returned fire, though no one was hit.

Hale and Thigpen say these incidents stem from a murder in Greenville Friday night. Greenville police charged 19-year old DeSean Powell with the murder of 29-year old Kenterrian Johnson, motive still unknown.

Hale admitted his son got into a fight with Johnson before the shooting, but Greenville police do not believe he committed the crime. However, Hale and Thigpen believe Johnson's friends and relatives took out their anger over the murder on the couple. 

"It made me feel like it was related to the incident that happened in Greenville which we had nothing to do with," Thigpen said.

Lowndes County chief deputy Chris West agrees the spraying of Thigpen's home was an act of misguided revenge.

"The were actually seen, witnesses saw them in the face," said West.

West was not prepared to say the fire was also part of the revenge plot because the state fire marshal is still investigating. There is no word on what started the fire at this time.

The search is on for five suspects in Thigpen's home shooting: Kelsey McDonald, John Searight, Jr., Cedric Searight, Willie Thigpen and Recardo Johnson. They will be charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling and attempted murder.

The  back and forth gunfire seems to have stopped for now, but that hasn't kept Shawn Hale from looking over his shoulder, with two loaded guns. Butler County court records show Desean Powell remains in the Butler County jail.

If you have information about this case that could help the state fire marshal's office, please call the Alabama Arson-Fraud Hotline at 1-800-654-0775.

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