Houston man accused of drive-by shooting

bpurser@macon.comJune 24, 2013 

Antonio Ross

WARNER ROBINS -- A 32-year-old man wielded a rifle when he allegedly shot up a car and fired several shots into a home early Sunday, a sheriff’s investigator says.

Ten people -- including four children ranging in age from 3 to 12 -- were in the home, located in the 1500 block of Sweetwater Drive, but no one was injured, said Houston County sheriff’s Capt. Jon Holland.

Antonio Ross was being held without bond Monday in the Houston County jail on 10 felony counts of aggravated assault in connection with the incident, Holland said.

Ross had been part of a “get together” at the Sweetwater residence near Feagin Mill Road on Saturday and left his vehicle there. He returned later in a white Buick Park Avenue borrowed from a family member and opened fire after 3 a.m., Holland said.

“We’re just not sure what led up to that kind of violence,” Holland said. “He was obviously upset with someone at that house.”

Witnesses saw him drive away in a Buick, a description of the vehicle went over the police radio and a Perry police officer saw a vehicle matching the description in Perry. The officer was able to get the tag number, Holland said.

The tag number was traced to a home on Hodge Road in south Houston County, where the Buick was found, Holland said. Authorities waited for Ross to return to the Hodge Road home, where he lives, and arrested him without incident, Holland said.

Also, witnesses reported seeing a second person in the Buick with Ross, and investigators are working to determine whether that person was with Ross at the time of the shooting or already had been dropped off, Holland said.

Ross also was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession after less than an ounce of marijuana was found in his car parked at the Sweetwater residence, Holland said.

Anyone with information related to the incident is asked to call Houston County sheriff’s Investigator Greg Pennycuff at 542-2085 or 542-2080.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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