Lebanon police Chief Scott Bowen wants to catch two suspects accused in the shooting death of a Lebanon man one week ago.
“We’ve made a request to the [Tennessee Bureau of Investigation] to have them added to the 10 most wanted list,” Bowen said. “We are not sure they are going to do it, but we have reached out to them.”
Bowen said Friday Derrick Devaughn Carr, 19, of 204 Morgan Meade Court in Nashville, and Shaun Derrick Betty Jr., 20, of 3018 Indiana Ave. in Nashville, remained on the loose as police continued to search. A Wilson County grand jury indicted Carr and Betty on Tuesday for first-degree premeditated murder, felony first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder in the shooting death of Andre D. Logue, 30, of Lebanon.
Lebanon police Thursday caught three men accused of firing shots into two Lebanon duplexes Wednesday.
Police charged Joshua Knight, 25, Lavon Knight, 26, and Marcus Baker, all of Lebanon, with aggravated assault in connection with a shooting that happened Wednesday at about 6:30 p.m. on Toshiba Drive.
“We believe there were more than just these three there,” said Bowen.
He said investigators believe the incident Wednesday is connected to a shooting early Saturday morning that killed Logue.
Police believe the suspects drove up to a duplex in a silver car, got out and fired several shots toward the home. Gunshots hit the front of the duplex and lodged in interior walls, the front door and one of the vehicles.
Bowen said more than 10 people, including more than a half-dozen children between the ages of 6 and 12, were in the home at the time of the shooting.
“It’s just a miracle no one was injured,” said Bowen. “God was looking over them.”
Two of the residents were outside when the shooters approached, but they were able to take cover inside the home, according to Bowen.
On Friday, Bowen said investigators continued to monitor social networking sites where threats were exchanged. He also said an apparent fight in the Lebanon High School cafeteria Thursday was related to the case.
“There are threats going back and forth, but hopefully when we charge three people and hold them on a $300,000 bond each, it sends a message.” Bowen said. “Right now, we are following every lead we can right now.
“Nothing positive is going to come out of someone else getting hurt. What we don’t need is someone else to get hurt. I know Andre wouldn’t want anyone else to get hurt.”
Bowen said police also issued a $1,000 reward each for information leading to the capture of either Carr or Betty.
“We are working with TBI, FBI and the Nashville Gang Unit,” Bowen said. “We are doing everything we can to get these guys caught. We are offering a $1,000 each on these suspects, and the grand jury indicted them on several charges. Obviously the main thing right now is getting them arrested.”
Bowen said active criminal homicide warrants were signed and placed on file Saturday for Carr and Betty. He said both men are known members of the “Tree Top Bloods” gang and should be considered armed and dangerous.
“Obviously we are in the middle of the investigation,” said Bowen. “We believe there are multiple people involved, and we believe it to be gang related, but we are certain the victim wasn’t involved in a gang.”
Bowen said officers received a shots fired call at 48 Dedmon Street last Saturday at about 5:31 a.m. He said officers arrived to find a man shot to death at 32 Dedmon Street.
Bowen later identified the man as Logue, of 214 Stroud Drive.
According to Bowen, officers found a second shooting victim later Saturday morning at University Medical Center. He said investigators believe Johnson, 26, is a resident of and was also shot at 32 Dedmon Street. Police said Johnson was driven to the hospital.
A hospital spokesperson said Johnson was treated and released Saturday morning. Bowen said Johnson was not charged or in police custody.
Bowen said anyone with information should call Lebanon police at 615-444-2323.
This was the first shooting death reported in Lebanon since December 2012.
Logue’s funeral is scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. with visitation set for 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Lebanon.