Video shows Lexington man firing gun over his shoulder at bowling alley crowd, detective testifies

gkocher1@herald-leader.comJuly 1, 2013 

The man charged with murder in an April 19 shooting at Eastland Bowling Lanes was captured on surveillance video firing a gun randomly over his shoulder into a crowd, a Lexington police detective said.

"It appeared he was shooting randomly back into the crowd," detective Steve McCown testified Monday during a preliminary hearing for Devonte Laval Webb.

After the hearing, Fayette District Judge Joe Bouvier found probable cause to send Webb's case to a grand jury for possible indictment.

Webb, 22, of Lexington is charged with murder in the shooting death of Steven Reynolds, 22. Four other people were wounded in the shooting, which happened as the bowling alley hosted the Soul Bowl, an event for college-age people.

The video shows a man in a white hoodie and jeans running from a fight and firing a gun into the crowd of more than 150, McCown said. There was no testimony about what started the fight or two others that erupted earlier.

Police distributed the video from the business through the media, and they identified the shooter through tips provided by the public, McCown said. Webb also is known as "Freeballer" or "Baller."

When police charged Webb on June 19, he was in the Fayette County jail on various drug charges, including trafficking in cocaine. He had been arrested May 22.

During an interrogation, police told Webb about the video, and he asked to see it, McCown said. Webb acknowledged that he was the man shown shooting on the video, McCown said.

Police recovered 11 .22-caliber shell casings, and a .22 bullet was removed from Reynolds' body during an autopsy. Webb told police he had fired the gun 11 times, McCown said. Reynolds was about three feet from Webb when he was shot, McCown said.

In addition, police recovered five .40-caliber casings and one .380-caliber casing in the bowling alley. Outside the building, police recovered one 9mm shell and four .380 rounds, McCown said.

"You don't know who the additional shooters were?" defense attorney Glenn Vencill asked.

"At this point, no," McCown said.

he said police "haven't had a lot of cooperation with people providing us information."

Two people hired to work security at the Soul Bowl had permits to carry concealed deadly weapons, McCown said.

Vencill asked the judge to reduce the $250,000 bond on Webb, but Bouvier rejected that request.

Greg Kocher: (859) 231-3305. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety.

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