A Saturday night shooting that sent a man to the hospital, riddled a car with bullets and landed a teenager behind bars stemmed from an argument over a pair of shoes, Decatur police said.
Quenton Cortez Clay, 17, of 1420 Brookline Ave. S.W., was arrested Monday and charged as an adult with second-degree assault in the shooting of 20-year-old Darion Cross outside Clay’s home.
A 16-year-old male also is sought for questioning, police spokesman Lt. John Crouch said.
Cross, accompanied by his brother and his girlfriend, went to the apartment building where Clay lives at about 8:20 p.m. Saturday to confront Clay about a pair of shoes he suspected had been stolen from his girlfriend, Crouch said.
They parked on the street near the building. Cross’s 17-year-old girlfriend remained in the car while Cross and his 22-year-old brother got out, Crouch said.
“Cross was standing next to the road, talking to his girlfriend, when Clay and another individual ran from behind the apartment complex ...” Crouch said. “They said Clay fired one round into the air, then began firing at Cross. According to witnesses, he fired a total of six times before they ran back around the apartment building in the direction they had come.”
Both were armed with pistols, according to the report, but it was not immediately clear whether the 16-year-old also fired his gun, Crouch said.
Cross was struck once in the left leg, and the car in which his girlfriend was sitting had bullet holes in each of the passenger-side doors. Both passenger-side windows were shot out, Crouch said.
The teens fled in a silver Buick Riviera, he said.
Cross was taken by ambulance to Decatur Morgan Hospital Parkway Campus, where doctors removed the bullet, police said.
Crouch said Cross’ girlfriend went to Clay’s home earlier that day to sell him a pair of shoes. Clay and the 16-year-old got into her car and looked at the shoes, but left without making a purchase. Afterward, the girlfriend looked in the box and saw the shoes were missing, Crouch said.
Detectives found Clay at the Morgan County Courthouse on Monday and took him into custody, police said.
He was booked into Decatur City Jail and scheduled for transfer to Morgan County Jail and held in lieu of $2,500 bail.
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