Boise police still seek gunman in double homicide

Man in custody after triple shooting is charged with abetting, not pulling the trigger.

krodine@idahostatesman.comMay 12, 2014 

The man who shot three people, killing two, in a Boise apartment late Thursday is apparently still at large, but his suspected accomplice is in the Ada County Jail without bond.

Samari Prentice Winn, 34, initially identified as a double murder suspect, was arraigned Monday afternoon on felony charges of aiding and abetting first-degree murder and attempted murder.

“He has been charged as the person who led the shooter to the house/apartment where the shooting occurred,” Ada County Deputy Prosecutor Shelley Akamatsu told the Statesman. “He is charged with intentionally aiding the person who intended to kill.”

Elliott Bailey, 28, and Travontae Calloway, 27, died after they were shot in their home near Hillcrest Elementary School; a female resident identified in court as “J.J.” was wounded and hospitalized. No information was available Monday on her condition or whether she has talked to investigators.

The shootings were reported at 11:25 p.m. Thursday by a neighboring resident in a cluster of apartments in the 2100 block of South Orchard Street. Police announced Friday morning they had a “person of interest” in custody and by late afternoon booked Winn into the county jail on two murder charges.

Police said then they were looking for at least one additional suspect, not yet identified, but stressed that the victims and suspects knew each other and there appeared to be no ongoing threat to the community.

Asked Monday if that was still the case, police spokeswoman Lynn Hightower said “there is no evidence that there is a direct threat to any other person.”

“Certainly whoever pulled the trigger is a very dangerous individual,” Hightower said, “but this does not appear to be a random attack.“

Police said they have a suspected motive for the shooting, but declined to release any details because of the ongoing investigation.

At Monday’s video arraignment, Magistrate Judge John Hawley Jr. read a brief description of the charges to Winn, who sat impassively in a yellow-striped jail uniform and quietly answered “yes” to questions.

According to the charges, Hawley said, Winn led an “unknown male” who was carrying a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol to Bailey and Calloway’s apartment, and “upon entering, the unknown male immediately shot the individuals.”

Winn is listed as a resident of Ceres, Calif., but court records show he was arrested by Boise police twice last May on misdemeanor charges of driving while intoxicated and fighting. In each case, he entered a guilty plea and served a short jail sentence.

Police ask anyone with information about the case to contact Crime Stoppers. There are several options: call 343-COPS, visit www.343cops.com, text 274637 with the subject "Tip236," or visit the Crime Stoppers Facebook page.

Tipsters can remain anonymous, and could receive a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.

Kristin Rodine: 377-6447

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