Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that during the early morning hours of Sunday, Aug. 7, at 1:49 a.m., numerous 911 calls were received, reporting a large crowd gathering at 5806 NE Colin Kelly Drive (Divine Events) and multiple gunshots being fired from assault weapons. All available Sheriff’s Office units immediately responded and further requested mutual aid assistance was given from the City of Madison Police Department.
While responding units were en route to the scene, additional information was received regarding a description of the vehicle and the occupants responsible for the shooting who had fled the scene. City police officers and Sheriff’s Office deputies located the vehicle (dark maroon Chevrolet Impala or Malibu) traveling on South Duval Street approaching US 90. A felony traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle and each occupant ordered from the vehicle.
Loronya Haynes was the driver of the vehicle and was secured in handcuffs without incident. A search incident to his arrest resulted in the discovery of less than 20 grams of marijuana and MDMA (Ecstasy). The passengers, Rueben Graham (back seat), Melissa Wilkins and Alexis Choice were further removed from the vehicle and arrested without incident. Officers located an “SKS” style .223 caliber assault rifle on the back seat and a 45 caliber auto “Mack-Ten” assault weapon on the front floor board. Both weapons were in plain view from the exterior of the vehicle and loaded with the safety in the fire position. A continued investigation into the incident discovered spent shell casings at the scene matching the ammo loaded in the weapons. A fifth suspect was positively identified as Brian Hallman, who was also wanted for shooting a firearm at the scene and warrants for his arrest were obtained and he was arrested and charged on Monday, Aug. 8, without incident.
Sheriff Stewart commends his deputies and the city police officers involved in this excellent police work and the removing of these types of firearms and the people that choose to participate in such criminal activity from the communities in Madison County.
Arrested and Charged are the following:
1. Loronya Haynes, 31, Of Madison.
Discharging Machine Gun F.S. 790.16, Discharging Firearm From Vehicle F.S. 790.15(2), Possession Of Marijuana – 20 Grams F.S. 893.13(6)(B), Possession Of Mdma (Ecstasy) F.S. 893.13(6)(A), Driving While License Suspended F.S. 322.34(2) Florida Uniform Citation #9012-Fls, Driving While License Expired F.S. 322.03(5) Florida Uniform Citation #9013-Fls, Possession Of Firearm By Convicted Felon F.S. 790.23, Possession Of A Firearm During Commission Of A Felony F.S. 790.07, And Open Alcohol Container (Driver) F.S. 316.1936(2) Citation #9016-Fls.
2. Graham, Reuben Lee Jr., 20, Of Madison
Discharging Machine Gun F.S. 790.16, Discharging Firearm From Vehicle F.S. 790.15(2), Open Alcohol Container (Passenger) F.S. 316.1936(2) (Florida Uniform Citation #9015-Fls).
3. Wilkins, Melissa Lashae, 27, Of Madison
Discharging Machine Gun F.S. 790.16, Discharging Firearm From Vehicle F.S. 790.15(2), Allowing Unauthorized Person To Drive F.S. 322.36 (Florida Uniform Citation #9011-Fls), Open Alcohol Container (Passenger) F.S. 316.1936(2) Florida Uniform Citation # 9014-Fls).
4. Choice, Alexis Dionne, 24, Of Madison Florida.
Discharging Machine Gun F.S. 790.16, Discharging Firearm From Vehicle F.S. 790.15(2) Open Alcohol Container (Passenger) F.S. 316.1936(2) (Florida Uniform Citation #9017-Fls).
5. Hallman, Brian Antonio, 28
Discharging Firearm From Vehicle F.S. 790.15(2), Possession Of Firearm By Felon F.S. 790.23(1)(A), Violation Of Probation (Circuit) F.S. 948.06.