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Man charged with shooting vehicle


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A Lawndale man is accused of shooting a gun at a vehicle carrying his girlfriend and another woman over the weekend near the Lincoln-Catawba line, deputies said.

Mickey Gene Mellon, 46, of 245 Boyles Road, allegedly fired shots at a Jeep Cherokee just before 5 p.m. Saturday on Hulls Grove Church Road in Vale.

The Sheriff’s Office said deputies located a handgun they believe was used in the incident inside the suspect’s residence on Tuesday.

Deputies said Mellon had been traveling in a gold mini-van, chasing the Jeep during the incident.

Three different witnesses, whom deputies said lived between N.C. 27 West and the Lincoln-Catawba line, called the Sheriff’s Office Saturday and reported having heard shots fired in the area.

While deputies said they responded to the calls and searched the area, they failed to find anything in connection with the incident.

However, the Communications Center received word shortly after that a Jeep with a similar description had wrecked in the area on Zonnie Schronce Road, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies later determined the address of the Jeep’s owner to be a home on the 6700 block of Jake Seagle Road, according to an agency press release.

Officers said they did not locate any bullet holes or other evidence inside the Jeep that a gun had been fired.

Mellon was placed Tuesday in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond and remains behind bars.

He also maintains at least two felony drug-related convictions from 1999 regarding two separate instances, one each in Catawba and Cleveland County, the North Carolina Department of Correction website showed.

Detective Jon Propst headed the investigation.

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