NORTH PORT, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Cameron reported this afternoon that one of two men involved in Sunday mornings drive-by car shooting in Port Charlotte, has been arrested. Charged with four counts of Attempted Murder wasAshanti Donnell Roundtree, 35, 4092 Oscar Terrace, North Port. He was arrested this afternoon in North Port by the CCSO Warrant Squad members who are part of the U.S. Marshall Task Force. Sheriff Cameron also revealed the name of the other shooter who remains at large. A warrant has been issued forHerbert Earl Battle Jr., 39, of 5861 Rhapsody Avenue in North Port.
Major Crimes Unit detectives said four people drove to Boomers Night Club, 2360 Tamiami Trail around 11:30 p.m. Saturday. Driver of the 2000 Buick was Kameka Latish Akins, 22, and her passengers were Ernest Bristol, 39, Kenny Eugene Chambers, 29, all of Arcadia, and Cleve C. McKenzie, 38, of Bartow. Chambers went into the bathroom and a physical altercation occurred with Battle, A.K.A. “Dooney.” The fight was broken up and they went outside where the argument continued in the parking lot. Battle, Roundtree, and another man got into a white Ford Crown Victoria and left. Akins, Bristol, Chambers and McKenzie got into Akins car and headed south on U.S. 41; they stopped to get gas at a Circle-K. When they left, the same white Ford pulled up to the passenger side of the Buick and eight bullets hit the car. CCSO received a 911 call at 1:33 a.m.
Akins was shot in the neck and remains in Lee Memorial Hospital; Chambers was shot in the back of his head by a bullet that creased him; McKenzie was shot in the right leg and had a minor injury. Bristol was not hit by any of the bullets. Chambers told detectives he has known Battle for many years; he also said the altercation was over a girlfriend.
MCU detectives continue their investigation, and Battle is still being sought on a warrant for four counts of Attempted Murder. If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Battle, please call the CCSO at 941-639-2101, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).