TEXARKANA, Ark. — A Texarkana man is charged with 23 felony counts for allegedly firing multiple shots in an apartment complex parking lot in late January.
Carjuan Deshawn Kelley, 19, was allegedly angry with the father of his girlfriend's child when the father showed up to pick up his son around 1 a.m. Jan. 20, according to a probable-cause affidavit. The father allegedly told Texarkana, Arkansas, investigators that he had put his son in his car and was preparing to leave when Kelley verbally challenged him.
The father reportedly said he got out of his car and was ready to physically engage Kelley when Kelley produced a black handgun from his waistband. One witness allegedly told investigators Kelley was "firing wildly" in the parking lot. Emergency dispatchers received a number of "shots fired" calls immediately after the shooting.
Officers collected 23 spent 9 mm cartridges, two bullets and one live 9 mm round from the scene. Multiple vehicles and a nearby hotel were damaged.
One of the calls led officers to the OYO hotel at 5210 State Line Ave. next to the Links Apartments. Officers observed a bullet hole in one of the guest room doors. The room's occupants showed officers where a round had struck a lamp, and an officer was able to take the lamp apart and recover the spent round.
A car in the OYO parking lot was struck, and the round went through the front windshield. Police received several calls throughout the day from residents of the Links who found their cars had been struck by bullets.
Investigators acquired a warrant for Kelley last week after interviewing numerous witnesses.
Kelley was already being held in the Miller County jail for a motion to revoke probation he was serving for theft and a weapons offense, court records show.
Kelley was arrested on 23 counts of terroristic acts. Bail is set at $250,000.