Man fires shots amid crime spree

By Brian Knox | Published Wednesday, May 15, 2013

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A Newark man was arrested early Sunday morning after going on a “rampage” with a gun in his neighborhood.

Officers responded to the 400 block of Country Living Drive in Newark just before midnight Saturday after a complaint about a man with a gun. Upon arrival, they reported hearing gunfire.

Kenneth Carl Carlton Jr.

Kenneth Carl Carlton Jr.

The suspect, Kenneth Carl Carlton Jr., 38, still had the gun when he approached officers, according to Captain Kevin Benton with the Wise County Sheriff’s Department. They were able to convince Carlton to put down his weapon.

He became uncooperative when officers tried to place him under arrest, however, and they had to use a stun gun to subdue him. After medics were called to the scene to check Carlton out, he was taken to Wise County Jail.

Witnesses told officers that Carlton walked out of his home and began shooting.

“He shot the windows out of a car and shot toward a couple of houses. He went into one house and held a gun to a lady’s head,” Benton said.

Carlton had already come back outside when officers arrived on the scene.

Another neighbor said he began running away and said gravel hit him from the bullets hitting the ground right behind him, Benton said.

At least one home sustained damage from bullets, but no one was injured.

Benton said it does not appear that he was targeting any specific neighbor and does not know what set Carlton off.

“I think he went on some kind of rant,” Benton said. “I would have to say at this point, officers don’t know what precipitated it.”

Benton added that Carlton denied being under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Carlton has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated kidnapping, burglary of a habitation with the intent to commit another felony, and deadly conduct. He remained jailed Tuesday with bond set at $200,000.

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