A Shawnee man is accused of shooting a 16-year-old several times at close range and then firing at the boy's sister as she tried to protect her two children, court documents show.
Charles Leonard Bennett III, 26, and Melissa Carole Patterson, 25, of Shawnee, were charged Wednesday in Oklahoma County District Court with one count each of assault and battery with a deadly weapon and shooting with intent to kill.
Bennett has been in the Oklahoma County jail since Nov. 16; police have requested a warrant for Patterson's arrest.
Patterson is accused of telling Bennett to retrieve her gun and shoot the boy and his sister, who was fighting with Patterson, according to a probable cause affidavit.
The shootings occurred just after midnight Nov. 10 at a residence in the 7200 block of Galahad Circle, Oklahoma City police reported.
Witnesses said Patterson and Heather Nichols started fighting in the garage of Nichols' home when Nichols asked Patterson and two men to leave because they brought marijuana into her home, and they refused, police said.
During the fight, Nichols' 16-year-old brother walked into the garage to check on his sister, and Patterson yelled to Bennett to “get her .45 and blast on them,” according to the affidavit.
Police reported Bennett retrieved a handgun from a vehicle parked in the driveway. When he returned, the boy produced a gun of his own and fired it three times at Bennett, but missed.
Bennett fired his gun at the boy, hitting him once. When the boy fell to the ground, Bennett “stood over him and shot at him several more times, striking him at least three times,” a detective wrote in the affidavit.
When Heather Nichols' two children, ages 8 and 6, entered the garage she ran for them, attempting to get them to go back inside the house. That's when Bennett shot at her at least one time, police said.