Grand jury indicts one in alleged drive-by shooting in Erwin

Brad Hicks • Jan 11, 2014 at 11:04 AM

ERWIN — A man arrested in November for allegedly committing a drive-by shooting in Erwin was indicted by a Unicoi County grand jury Friday.

Howard D. Metcalf, 312 Jackson Ave., Erwin, was indicted on the charges of attempted second-degree murder, vandalism over $500 and 10 counts of reckless endangerment.

Metcalf was arrested by officials with the Erwin Police Department on Nov. 10. The affidavit of complaint said that at around 1 p.m. the day of Metcalf’s arrest, officers were dispatched to 415 Jackson Ave. to respond to the report of a drive-by shooting. Witnesses at the scene advised officers that Metcalf was the shooter, the police report said.

One of the victims reported he was leaning against his vehicle and talking with his cousin when Metcalf drove by and fired one shot from a shotgun, court documents said. Police officials wrote that the victim said this shotgun blast just missed his head and the head of his cousin “by inches” and struck the top of his vehicle, causing damage and “ringing in his ears.”

This shot was also in the direction of nine children playing in a yard at 100 Railroad St., approximately 75 feet away from the home at 415 Jackson Ave., the police report said. No one was injured in the alleged incident.

Metcalf was found at his home around 50 minutes after the initial report and was taken into custody. Court records said police located the shotgun inside Metcalf’s residence, and the gun was logged into evidence.

Metcalf is scheduled to report to Criminal Court on Feb. 21.

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