Three people have been arrested for shooting into an apartment where a Virginia man was sleeping after he had celebrated his 25th birthday with friends. The man was killed.
Investigators say the victim, Tesean Dorsey, was not the intended target.
Now, Nykema Barnett, 19, of Fredericksburg, Virginia; Anthony Correa, 20, of Fredericksburg; and Derrick Morton, 18, of Gaithersburg, Maryland have been arrested and charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling -- a felony.
Police are still seeking a fourth suspect: Kareem Rose, 21, of Bristol, Virginia. Rose also is facing a felony charge of shooting into an occupied dwelling.
Rose is believed to be armed and dangerous. He's also wanted on warrants from Stafford and Tennessee, police said.
The shooting happened June 20, after Dorsey, a father of two, had gathered with friends at an apartment in the Fall Hill complex to celebrate his birthday. Dorsey had to work the next morning and went to bed.
Around 4:20 a.m., neighbors were startled by gunshots and called 911.
"It was so loud to the point that I hit the floor. It scared me that bad," said Valerie Freeman-Pratt. "My husband was sleeping and it woke him up. I said, 'Somebody is shooting. Somebody is shooting in here'."
Police arrived and discovered two bullet holes piercing the siding of Apt. 302. However, they did not locate Dorsey until their second visit to the home.
Fredericksburg Police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said authorities knocked on the door and spoke to the couple who rents the unit.
"The two individuals on the lease came to the door, spoke to the officer and assured him that everyone was OK, that they didn't even believe the bullets had even come through the wall, and all was fine," Bledsoe said. "They did not tell the officer there were other individuals inside the apartment at that time, nor did they invite officer in to check."
But around 8 a.m., police received another call from neighbors, who had found a shell casing on the stairway. As the officer took the evidence to his car, the residents of Apt. 302 came out with disturbing news: Dorsey, their housemate, was dead, killed from a single gunshot to the head while he slept.
"It now appears that although the victim was not the intended target, we do know there was an intended target and this was an intentional shooting aimed at one particular individual," Bledsoe said.