By Jessie Williams
Two men were arrested last week for their alleged involvement in a drive-by shooting at a residence on Farley Lane, while seven people were inside.
According to Macon County detective Shane Gregory, a deputy responded to reports of shots fired at the Farley Lane residence on Friday, November 1.
Two other officers also responded to the scene for back-up.
The officers spoke to witnesses and observed evidence that the home had been shot at. After additional interviews, a suspect was established and a vehicle description was obtained.
A BOLO, or ‘be on the lookout,’ went out to all local law enforcement, and the vehicle was spotted within 15 minutes by a Lafayette Police Department officer.
Before the traffic stop, the officer did witness an object being thrown from the vehicle.
The officer pulled the car over on Highway 52. Inside was a 16-year-old juvenile, 21-year-old Levi Cade Mullins and a female subject.
The two adult subjects were taken into custody for questioning, and it was discovered a third person had been dropped off at his home prior to the traffic stop.
Deputies picked up the man – 21-year-old Dillon Lee Peterson – at his residence for questioning.
After gathering evidence and conducting interviews, authorities came to the conclusion that the shooting was the result of a drug transaction gone bad.
A 9 mm glock was recovered from the area the officer witnessed something being thrown from the vehicle during the traffic stop. It appears to the the weapon used in the shooting.
A search warrant was issued for the Highway 52 apartment of 21-year-old Levi Cade Mullins. Inside, officers seized approximately 3.5 ounces of marijuana, cash and a 70-inch smart TV.
The investigation led police to another residence on Ferguson Hill Road, where Mullins’ vehicle was searched. An illegal AR-15 was found in the trunk. The fully-automatic weapon had a short barrel and the serial numbers were scratched out.
It should be noted that while seven people were inside the Farley Lane residence at the time of the drive-by, no one was injured.
Mullins, the alleged shooter, was charged with homicide, reckless endangerment (7 counts), aggravated assault (7 counts), unlawful possession of a weapon (2 counts), possession of a schedule VI drug (2 counts), possession of drug paraphernalia and alteration of serial number. His bond was set at $325,000.
Peterson was charged with homicide, reckless endangerment and especially aggravated assault. His bond is set at $75,000.
Both are scheduled to appear in general sessions court on December 18, 2019.
Additional charges and arrests in this case are expected.
Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons would like to thank all of the officers involved for their hard work and the Lafayette Police Department for their assistance.