Gunshots fired at 4 homes

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 20, 2002

A string of drive-by shootings in four different areas of Selma Tuesday night led to the arrest of one suspect and left residents questioning whether they are safe in their homes.

No injuries were reported in the incidents.

According to police reports, the shootings occurred in the area of 2115 Elkdale St., the 300 block of King St., the 1300 block of Voeglin Ave. and the 1300 block of Lawrence St. Police said shots were fired at residences and vehicles in the areas.

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Sources close to the investigation, who did not want their names released, said the shootings were probably drug-related.

Capt. Joe Harrell, chief of detectives, said police spotted two of the suspects involved in some of the shootings driving in a vehicle at the corner of St. John Street and Martin Luther King Drive.

After police tried to stop the vehicle, one of the suspects exited the vehicle and began running towards Selma Avenue, carrying an AK-47 rifle, Harrell said.

Harrell said Lt. Chuck Weber of the patrol division chased the suspect , who was pointing the gun at Weber. After a lengthy chase the suspect dropped the gun and was eventually apprehended by police.

“Lt. Weber and the patrol division deserve a lot of credit for apprehending the suspect,” Harrell said. “In this instance, Lt. Weber could have used force, but instead he chose to use restraint in apprehending him. Our patrol division really did an excellent job.”

Harrell also credited officers John Christian, Brian Gallion, Moses Suttles and Lt. Art Freine with making the arrest.

The other suspect, who drove away in the vehicle, managed to escape, Harrell said.

The suspect arrested was Ronald Fitts, 20, who lives at 2115 Elkdale St., one of the residences where police said shots were fired Tuesday night. Fitts was arrested and charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling, shooting into an occupied vehicle, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. He was sent to the Dallas County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

The Times-Journal after examining the outside of Fitts’ residence found a broken window and several other holes in the front of the house indicating that shots had been fired at the residence.

Nearby residents, who did not want their names released, said they heard gunshots in the area that night.

Harrell said police are currently searching for the other suspects involved in the shootings.