A 20-year-old College Station man was arrested Wednesday in connection to the report of a shooting that took police to an apartment complex and a Southwood Valley neighborhood.
No one was injured in the Tuesday evening incident, although police say a vehicle had been shot at several times.
Christian Juwan Nelson is charged with deadly conduct, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and $10,000 in fines.
According to College Station police, authorities received several calls about gunshots at the Flats on 12 apartments on Harvey Mitchell Parkway around 6:45 p.m. Tuesday.
"I was in my back bedroom and remember hearing 'Pow pow pow!' " apartment resident Jennifer Greene told The Eagle. "Then there was a hesitation. Then, another 'Pow pow pow!' "
Greene said she initially thought the loud noise was the sound of firecrackers, but CSPD officers on the scene quickly found a red sport-utility vehicle had been the target of gunfire from somewhere in the apartment complex. Police located two people at the apartment complex who were believed to have been involved, and authorities were told the SUV likely was headed to a home on Airline Drive, just across Harvey Mitchell Parkway from the apartments.
A portion of Airline Drive was blocked off, and the SUV -- with one person sitting insde -- was found in an alleyway behind Airline Drive. A fourth person believed to have been involved was found in a home in the 1300 block of Airline Drive. Police said the SUV had several bullet holes.
According to College Station police spokesman Lt. Craig Anderson, there was a fist fight between the four people before two tried to leave and return to Airline Drive. Police are not disclosing the nature of the argument, but Anderson said the four are not related and no drugs were found at either home. At this point, no one is facing legal repercussions for the altercation that took place before the gunfire.
"It looks like it may have been a mutual-combat situation, but our detectives aren't sure at this point," Anderson said. "It's still being investigated."
As two of the people involved in the fight were driving to Airline Drive in their SUV, police say Nelson shot at the vehicle. Authorities said before his arrest, Nelson admitted he had been involved in the fist fight and showed them where the handgun he allegedly used was located.
"At this point the charge is for deadly conduct, not aggravated assault, because nobody was actually hit by the gunfire," Anderson said, although he noted the district attorney could decide to change the nature of Nelson's charge.
Officers remained stationed in the 1300 block of Airline Drive late into the night Tuesday. The area is not considered a problem area, officials said.
"The Flats on 12 is not one of those places where we have a lot of calls for service," Anderson said of the apartment complex.
Barbara Moore, coordinator for the city of College Station's Neighborhood and Community Relations, said an incident like this one is an anomaly for the area.
"The only thing I vaguely remember hearing from there is about the apartments behind [the Flats on 12] on Valley View Drive," she said. "They've had issues in the past."
The Flats on 12 came into new ownership about two years ago, and the owners remodeled and rebranded the apartments, Moore said.
"They haven't lowered their standards or application requirements in a way that would attract the kind of people into [illegal activity]," Moore said. "Actually, they've been trying to do the opposite of that with all these changes."
Nelson remains in the Brazos County Jail. As of Wednesday night, bond had not been set.