A Laneville man was arrested early Monday morning in connection with a mid-September shooting at America’s Best Value Inn, a motel now being used by Lon Morris College as a residency hall.
Jacksonville Detective Travis Cearley said 19-year-old Brandon Dekerith Carey was taken into custody, possibly during a traffic stop, in Overton.
“There were two warrants issued and one arrest made,” Cearley said. “Carey was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and deadly conduct.”
In this case, both are second degree felonies.
Deadly conduct is normally a third degree felony, but Cearley said Carey’s alleged affiliation with a violent gang enhances it.
Both charges carry $20,000 bond amounts and potential prison times of two to 20 years, with up to $10,000 in fines.
The original incident occurred after a fight spilled out from the Bottom’s Up social club on East Rusk Street, attached to the motel.
Police reports indicate shots were fired and that the event involved up to seven people who are or were Lon Morris College students and self-proclaimed gang members.
None were injured in the shooting.
Cearley said Carey has no affiliation with Lon Morris.
“No other charges have been filed yet,” Cearley said.
This case is still under investigation.
Police Chief Reece Daniel said the arrest did not come as a surprise.
“I knew it was just a matter of time before he would be arrested,” Daniel said. “Our detectives had the warrants issued and posted them in all the places necessary to effect an arrest.”