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Man charged in Salem apartment shooting

Thursday, September 12, 2002

Michael Allen Jr., 34, of Salem was charged Sept. 4 with felony counts of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm after shots were fired in the Meadows Apartments in Salem.

The two charges stem from an incident Sept. 2 when Salem Police Chief Albert Roork said his department responded to a call that gunshots had been fired at the apartments at 7:10 p.m.

Allen allegedly fired three shots in apartment number four while he was visiting tenants Sheila Owensby and Joey Griggs.

Roork said Allen was reported to have walked into the apartment with a pistol in a holster strapped to his side. While Owensby and Griggs were in the kitchen they heard the shots fired, Roork said.

Officer Butch Blair and Roork noted the bullets exited the front of the apartment and entered an attached utility room of apartment five, which was occupied at the time.

After Allen fired the shots he went to the backside of apartment number one and fired several more rounds, Roork said. One round went through the bedroom window of apartment one and lodged in the ceiling. Roork said it was fortunate nobody was injured.

Roork and Blair escorted Allen, who was in possession of a nine-shot 22-caliber revolver, to the jail at 7:45 p.m. "Allen was extremely intoxicated," Roork said. Allen remains in jail with his bond set at $17,500.

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