Police: Man shoots into girlfrien’s home
Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Authorities say a Salisbury man became irate after his girlfriend asked him to leave her West Kerr Street home. He returned a few hours later and fired shots into the home, sending her to the floor for cover.
The Salisbury Police charged Drew Thomas Charleston, 25, of the 5600 block of Goodman Lake Road, with discharging a firearm into occupied property and possession of a weapon by a felon, both felony offenses.
Officials said Charleston went to the home Sunday to get a bag of clothes, which she told him was not at the house. A report said Charleston insisted he’d left clothes inside a closet when the girlfriend tried to push him out of the house. He then asked for a gun he said he’d left there. Charleston told the woman he’d left a sawed-off shotgun under her mattress. The woman looked, but didn’t see a gun. She became scared when she saw another man outside the house and pushed Charleston out of the door.
The woman was afraid Charleston would return so she sat inside her house with the lights off. A few hours later, she saw a gray sport utility vehicle approach her house with Charleston sitting in the passenger’s side. He fired several shots into the house from inside the car as it drove by, a report said.
The woman was not injured. Some of the bullets also struck the home next door. Charleston was arrested Monday with the help of Spencer Police on Ninth Street.
Charleston remains in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond. Charleston has been convicted of carrying a concealed weapon, simple assault, drug possession, resisting arrest and possession of a weapon on campus. He is on probation for a December conviction of misdemeanor larceny.
Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.