Six area residents found themselves behind bars on June 27 after a shooting incident at South School Park in Vandalia.
According to a press release, on that Wednesday afternoon, Vandalia Police officers responded to the park for a report of property damage with a vehicle driving through a locked and chained gate on the S. Main St. side, damaging it.
When officers arrived on scene, they spoke to witnesses who stated they heard a gun shot being fired then two vehicles exiting the park area at a high rate of speed. The shooting reportedly took place in the parking area close to the basketball courts.
The type of firearm used has not been released by law enforcement.
A vehicle and suspect information was developed and an investigation into the incident continued.
With the assistance of the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office, the victim’s vehicle was located and found to have a bullet hole in the victim’s driver’s side rear door at the time it was located.
Vandalia officers, assisted by Audrain County deputies, executed a search warrant in the 300 block of S. Taylor St. and the firearm used in the incident was believed to be recovered at that time.
At that time, officers took Dominic Bennett, Steven Houchins, Brennan Harvey, and Brent Borders-Fugate into custody and transported them to the Vandalia Police Department for processing.
Those individuals were then transferred to the Audrain County Jail on the following charges:
• Dominic Bennett, age 19, of Vandalia, was charged with Armed Criminal Action, Robbery 1st Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon,
and Kidnapping in the 2nd Degree with an Audrain County bond set at $50,000. Bennett is allegedly the shooter.
• Steven Houchins, age 24, of Vandalia, was charged for Hindering Prosecution and set with an Audrain County court date.
• Brennan Harvey, age 18, of Vandalia, was charged for Hindering Prosecution and set with an Audrain County court date.
• Brent Borders-Fugate, age 17, Vandalia, received charges for Robbery 1st and Kidnapping 2nd with an Audrain County bond set at $25,000.
• Andrew Clark, age 19, of Benton City, was charged for Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident, Hindering Prosecution, and Property Damage and released pending a warrant application.
• Amy Clark, age 41, of Benton City, was charged for Tampering with Physical Evidence and released pending a warrant application.
The VPD would like to thank the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this complex investigation, which included several search warrants and following of leads.
Kidnapping is noted due to felonious restraint and blocking the vehicle in as stated in the recently changed statute.
All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.