Boise police announce arrest in double homicide

newsroom@idahostatesman.comMay 9, 2014 

Robert Ridenour was in bed and had almost fallen asleep Thursday night when he heard seven or eight shots in quick succession from a nearby apartment.

"I heard a woman screaming and then heard a car peeling away really quick," he said.

The noise, police say, was an attack on three residents of the apartment at 2178 S. Orchard St. Elliott Bailey, 28, and Travontae Calloway, 27, both of Boise, died at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center of multiple gunshot wounds; a third shooting victim whose name has not been released was still being treated Friday evening.

Friday evening, police said they had arrested Samari P. Winn, 34, and charged him with two counts of murder in connection with the deaths. Detectives believed at least one other suspect remained at large, but police said throughout the day that they did not believe there was an ongoing threat to the community.

“Obviously, the person would be dangerous and officers want to track that person down as soon as possible,” Boise police spokeswoman Lynn Hightower said.

Police believe they have learned the motive for the shooting, but also have not released any details on that, citing the ongoing investigation. They did say the shooting was not a random incident.

“It does appear to be an ongoing incident between the people involved,” Hightower said.

Prior to Friday, Winn’s criminal record in Idaho only included misdemeanors for fighting and driving under the influence. Both Bailey and Calloway had warrants out for their arrest at the time of their deaths, both for probation violations and Bailey for a failure to appear in court.

The shooting was reported at 11:25 p.m. by a neighbor of the residence, Lt. David Adams said. He said that the victims, who were residents of the home, “came to a door, and when it was opened, there were shots fired.”

Ridenour, who served in the Army National Guard, said he recognized the shots as coming from a semi-automatic pistol.

He said he checked to make sure his 11-year-old niece and 7-year-old nephew, who were staying in back bedrooms of his house that face toward the apartment, were OK. He said he then looked outside but didn't see anyone.

Ridenour said he had seen the people who rent the residence but didn't know them. He said he had noticed a lot of cars coming to the residence and staying only a few minutes before leaving.

"There were a lot of flashy cars going in and out of there," he said. "When someone comes and stays less than five minutes, they're not coming over to say hello."

He said he was saddened to learn of the deaths.

"It's unfortunate that two people had to die from this," he said.

The neighborhood, which includes the nearby Hillcrest Elementary School and mostly single-family homes, is typically quiet, he said.

"It's a nice neighborhood. You see kids walking through, people walking their dogs and other people jogging," Ridenour said.

Cynthia Sewell contributed.

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