Two Union County men have been accused of shooting into a house occupied by a woman and three children, and deputies say the shooters targeted the wrong home.
No injuries were reported in the incident, which was reported shortly after 11 p.m. Oct. 8 in the 1100 block of Robert Lane, off Potter Road between Chestnut Lane and Forest Lawn Drive near Indian Trail.
The Union County Sheriff’s Office identified the suspects as Thorian Austin Franks, 20, and Andrew Yates Smith, 22, both of Indian Trail. Investigators said the shooting resulted from a drug deal that went bad.
Deputies said they were called to the residence and learned that someone had fired a shotgun into the home, piercing the living room wall and narrowly missing the children inside.
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Investigators allege that Franks had been robbed during a drug deal earlier in the day and had returned that night, accompanied by Smith, to shoot into the residence of the man who he said had robbed him. But deputies said Franks did not have the correct address and instead fired into the residence of an innocent victim who had no involvement in a drug deal or robbery.
Franks and Smith were taken into custody Tuesday by the sheriff’s office Special Response Team.
Deputies said the drug-related robbery remains under investigation.
Sheriff Eddie Cathey said hard work by deputies led to the arrest, adding, “The end result is we are able to get these dangerous criminals off the street.”
Franks was charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, and two counts of discharging a firearm in town limits. Smith was charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, felony maintaining a dwelling for the use of a controlled substance, and discharging a firearm in town limits.
Both men were jailed under $40,000 bond and are scheduled for a first court appearance Nov. 25.