East Brewton man charged in drive-by shooting

Published 4:00 pm Thursday, June 10, 2010

An East Brewton man was arrested on charges of shooting into an occupied dwelling after an incident that occurred in the Damascus community Tuesday night.

Christopher Ray Plowman, 31, of 141 Mayo St., was charged with a felony count for shooting into a residence at 7973 Damascus Road, according to Escambia County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Mike Lambert.

“A 911 call came into our office about the shooting on Damascus Road Tuesday night,” Lambert said. “Witnesses in the area gave a description of the vehicle driven by the shooter and identified Mr. Plowman.”

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Lambert said the homeowners; Crystal and Jason McGowin were at home at the time of the shooting. A guest, Angelia Marie Robinson, was also at the residence at the time of the shooting.

“Miss Robinson is the girlfriend of Plowman according to our sources,” Lambert said. “She was at the mobile home in Damascus when the shooting occurred.”

Lambert said witnesses at the scene said the homeowners and Robinson were in the yard and on the porch at the residence when a vehicle drove by and began firing shots.

“Our witnesses told us that a green Geo Metro drove by, slowed down in front of the residence and began firing shots,” Lambert said. “When the people outside the home went back inside, they discovered two bullets had struck the door of the home, where one of the subjects were standing.”

After investigating officers got a description of the vehicle in question in the incident, a “be on the lookout” was dispatched to area law enforcement agencies, Lambert said.

“An East Brewton police officer located the vehicle and detained the driver,” Lambert said. “One of our officers arrived on the scene in East Brewton and made the arrest of Plowman.”

Lambert said the incident may be a continuation of alleged disputes between Plowman and Robinson.

“We have been told there has been ongoing domestic disputes between the two (Plowman and Robinson),” Lambert said. “We will continue our investigation into this incident.”

Lambert said Plowman has been charged with third-degree domestic violence; third-degree criminal mischief, a felony account of shooting into an occupied dwelling. Other charges, including attempted murder and reckless endangerment, may be possible pending further investigation, Lambert said.

Plowman is being held in the Escambia County Detention Center on $100,000 bond.