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11/6/06-Van Zandt County

Teenager In 'Nellie's' Dog Dragging Case Arrested For Drive-by Shootings

One of the teenagers who's admitted a role in a possible case of animal cruelty, has now been arrested in a string of drive-by shootings.

KLTV 7 was the first to bring you Nellie's story. She's the one year old labrador who was dragged down a Van Zandt county road behind a pick up truck, then left on the roadside severly wounded. The story prompted a nationwide outcry from animal lovers everywhere. Police say the two teenagers involved in the dragging insist it was an accident.

Now, as KLTV 7's Lindsay Wilcox reports, one of those teenagers is facing felony charges for something else. 17 year old Mark Jared Cann is accused in a string of drive-by shootings.

Carlton Davis' lives next door to his son, David. Last Monday night, David ran to check on his father after bullets from a 22 caliber rifle pierced the walls and shower of his Wills Point home.

"I couldn't believe it, actually. I asked my boy, 'Boy, you made any kind of enemies?' He said, 'I haven't that I know of," says Davis.

There was a close call at Mica Evans house, too. Her car was hit, then the shooters took aim at the house.  Mica's mother, LeAnn, was sitting inside on the couch. She says if the bullet had been a few inches higher, she could have been hit.

She says, "Somebody was shooting at the house.  I needed to get down, so I got in the floor. That's when I heard the second one, and when they shot a second time, that's when I said, 'I'm getting out of here."

The Van Zandt County Sheriff's Department arrested 17 year old Mark Jared Cann in connection with the drive-by shootings. He's now charged with deadly conduct, a 3rd degree felony.

Sheriff Pat Burnett says, "Anytime you fire a weapon, you're responsible for where that bullet goes, and if you're shooting at a residence and that bullet hits someone, you could be charged with murder if they die. I'm just glad we're working it as a deadly conduct and not a homicide."

The sheriff says three additional juveniles were involved in the drive-by shootings. Thirteen total offenses in the county, and there could be more charges coming.  Sheriff's Deputies are still trying to decide who the gun belonged to, but one of the juveniles involved in the drive-by shooting says the bullets were stolen from the Canton Walmart.

Those bullets did a lot of damage to personal property, and the victims of the drive-by shootings say they are glad the suspects were caught before anyone got hurt.

One of the three juveniles in the case is already in police custody. The sheriff's department is still pursuing the other two. The sheriff's department says the Wills Point police department is working on at least one drive by shooting involving the same people.

As for Nellie, she is doing well, but is not expected to go home from the veterinarian's office for a couple of more months.

Lindsay Wilcox/Reporting: lwilcox@kltv.com


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