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Man targets ex-girlfriend in shooting rampage
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A man who went on a shooting rampage at Asbury Apartments has been hit with felony assault charges, the incident ending when his gun misfired after he held it to the head of a woman.
The suspect, Christopher Glen Owens, 39, will have a hearing Nov. 1 before General Sessions Judge Larry Ross on two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of aggravated burglary. The felony assault charges carry three to six years in prison.
The charges were leveled against the Myers Lane resident after he opened fire with a 380 handgun at Asbury Apartments located off Oriole Drive.
“He first entered the apartment of (his ex-girlfriend) without her permission while she was asleep,” said McMinnville police investigator Tony Jenkins. “He then fired two rounds with one round going over the head of the victim and one through the open door entering the next door apartment.”
After firing the shots at his ex-girlfriend, Owens reportedly went across the hall and kicked open the door to the neighbor’s apartment where a man and woman were living. They were reportedly mutual friends with Owens and his ex-girlfriend.
“He then fired a 380 caliber round at (the man), missing him and hitting the wall,” Jenkins said, noting the gunman then turned his attention to the woman. “He then held the gun to the head of the woman and asked, ‘Do you want some b***h?’”
The investigator said Owens tried to fire more rounds but his gun malfunctioned, ending the shooting spree before anyone was injured.
Jenkins noted the incident was sparked by a domestic dispute between Owens and his ex-girlfriend.