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Gardendale man charged with attempted murder, drug trafficking in shots-fired incident Sunday night

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Rickey Edward Bradberry, left, Tommy Lee Vaughan, center, and Kenneth Chad Cooper, right. Rickey Edward Bradberry, left, Tommy Lee Vaughan, center, and Kenneth Chad Cooper, right.
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GARDENDALE, Alabama -- 

Police in Gardendale are looking for two men wanted in connection to a murder-for-hire plot. Investigators believe Tommy Lee Vaughan hired them. He's now behind bars charged with attempted murder.

A Gardendale police lieutenant understands Vaughan agreed to pay Ricky Edward Bradberry and Kenneth Chad Cooper with drugs and money if the pair would beat up another man. The lieutenant says Vaughan happened to see the man first and shot at him.

The man who ran from bullets went into a home a Dogwood Trail in Gardendale. A woman who lives a few houses down did not see the man getting away from the accused shooter, but heard Gardendale police rush to check things out.

"I'm going to look at it If a car comes up through here and I don't know the sound of it, said a neighbor.

Police talked to the man. He was able to let investigators know who pulled the trigger.

"Once we determined who it was, found out where he lived and sent patrol units to his home, he came to the door and they took him into custody," said Lieutenant Bryan Lynch. Lt. Lynch told ABC 33/40 the accused shooter is Vaughn.

Investigators hope to find Bradberry and Cooper. Lynch accuses Vaughan of hiring the pair to beat up the man with a baseball bat.

"They had made plans to commit the crime. They had taken enough activity to show it was their intent. They planned to go through with it," added Lt. Lynch.

But, never took a swing. Investigators believe Vaughan saw the man first at a gas station outside Gardendale before chasing him to the home on Dogwood Trail.

Investigators believe Bradberry and Cooper are not extremely dangerous, but don't want anyone going up to them. Police want you to call investigators at (205) 631-8787.

Vaughan, 53, is charged with attempted murder, trafficking of oxycodone, first-degree possession of a forged instrument, second-degree possession of marijuana and possession of methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia.

Vaughan is currently being held in the Jefferson County Jail on bonds totaling more than $1 million.
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