Deputies say bullets fired into Caroline County home over gang connection

Posted at 1:19 AM, Oct 24, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-24 01:19:13-04

CAROLINE COUNTY, Va. -- Five hours after a drive-by shooting in the Belmont neighborhood, Caroline County investigators were able to make headway on two other shooting investigations.

They arrested a 20-year-old man and his alleged 17-year-old accomplice.

Bullet holes riddle the garage door and living room walls of a home on Gallant Fox Way.  "The bullets were coming in, so I stayed on the ground,” said Ciersten Garnett.  "My two-month-old daughter was in the house under one of the windows,” said Amber Bennett.  “She could've been hit by a bullet."

Seven people were inside at the time of the shooting early Thursday morning.  The Sheriff’s Department says they weren't random targets.  The people living inside confirm that, saying the shooters were upset with someone’s friendship with rival gang members.

"It’s something really dumb.  I mean, really?” said Courtney Garnett.  “All this beef is stupid.  I don't understand."

One thing deputies understand, however, is that a witness description of a car speeding away helped them solve at least two other recent shooting cases.

“Sgt. Mack Ellett has been leading the investigations into those groups of people and immediately suspected an individual  and arrested him,” said Lt. Travis Nutter.

20-year-old Savantey Carey along with a seventeen-year-old juvenile were arrested and charged.   Deputies say they're also connected to the shooting of a Bowling Green teen on September 25th and another shooting incident in the county prior to that.

All of this comes as a shock to Patricia Stroud, who says her family moved back to Caroline in April, specifically to this neighborhood, because they thought it was a nice mix of people and safe.

"We like for our children to be in a blended area,” said Stroud. “We never thought there'd be a shooting.  It's scary.  We moved to Caroline to get away from the city."

Savantey Carey is charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling, attempted malicious wounding by mob and firearms charges.  His alleged accomplice was charged with firearms charges as well as a gang activity charge.