Police responded to two separate incidents at The Village townhome complex involving firearms last week. Residents reported a single shot being fired around 3 p.m. on Nov. 4. Nobody was injured in the incident that involved two different groups of males. Police believe the groups are likely to be gang-affiliated.
On Nov. 6, Carrollton police again responded to a call around 3:30 p.m. at the same particular apartment in which the shooting took place just days earlier. A tow truck driver was attempting to repossess a vehicle that was parked illegally when an individual began shouting threats at the driver.
“I pulled in and started to repossess the vehicle and he yelled at me and said that I wasn’t going to take his car,” said Bobby Raynor. “He got in the vehicle and began to back out of the parking space. When I walked up and told him to get the parking pass, he had a pistol laying in his lap.”
Raynor retreated to his truck and called his supervisor, who alerted authorities. The individual was arrested by police and charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during commission of a crime.
“After we arrested the subject, we obtained a search warrant to search the house and we recovered the firearm,” said Captain Chris Dobbs of the Carrollton Police Department.
Dobbs confirmed that the incident occurred at the same apartment where the shooting took place on Tuesday.
“There was an incident Tuesday where there was an altercation between some students on campus and some of the guests of residents I have on my property,” said Jeremy Lowe, property manager of The Village. “I’m not going to say that this stems from that altercation.”
Lowe claims management at the townhome complex is beginning to crack down on violations in an effort to clean up the residences.
“We are in the process of having the residents of this particular apartment removed,” said Lowe. “We are trying to make an atmospheric change here. We’re trying to make it secure and make it a place for students to live and do what the need to do.”
The two incidents add to concerns of UWG students about a sharp increase in violent crime on and around campus.