By Max Hrenda
One man is in custody while another remains at large after officials say the two shot into as many as five houses and injured two women in a Carter County neighborhood.
On Monday night, Carter County sheriff’s deputies arrested Michael James Brummitt, 43, 141 Brummitt Lane, Elizabethton, after authorities reported that he and his cousin, Tommy Brummitt, participated in a drive-by shooting through the area of Dry Creek Road, Brummitt Lane, and Scioto Road.
While Michael Brummitt was apprehended, Sheriff Chris Mathes said that he and his officers are still searching for Tommy Brummitt.
“We’re going to consider him armed and dangerous,” Mathes said. “We have three weapons that we’ve seized, but that doesn’t mean that he’s still not in possession of one, or has the ability to get one.”
Sheriff’s deputies recovered a .22-caliber Ruger pistol, a Marlin .22-caliber rifle, and an Iverson 12-gauge shotgun from several locations throughout the aforementioned area.
Though many shots were fired, Mathes said only two injuries had been reported.
Connie Hoilman, who lives at 195 Scioto Road, was transported to Johnson City Medical Center with a gunshot wound to her lower back, while Ashley Brummitt, who resides at 992 Dry Creek Road, was talking to her neighbors when her face, arms, and legs were hit by shotgun pellets. According to Mathes, Ashley Brummitt’s injuries were “superficial,” and she did not seek medical treatment.
“We were very fortunate, for as much shooting as went on (Monday) night, that no one was hurt anymore than they actually were,” Mathes said. “It could have been worse.”
At roughly 8:18 p.m., Mathes said a 911 call had been made reporting that shots had been fired in the aforementioned area. Mathes added that he and three of his officers — Investigator James Stevens, and deputies Brady Higgins and Michael Freeman — were close to the area, and responded to the call.