Reckless Shooting Spree Ends In Arrest For White House Man

Reckless Shooting Spree Ends In Arrest For White House Man

WHITE HOUSE, TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – A White House man was arrested late Tuesday after Police say he opened up his garage door, loaded a semi-automatic rifle, and began indiscriminately shooting, hitting homes and at least one business.

According to White House Police Chief Pat Brady, calls started coming in from residents on Honeysuckle Dr. at 11:51 pm Tuesday. MAP Witnesses reported hearing gunfire and a man in the street yelling.

When police arrived they found 56-year-old Charles Benson sitting on a lawn chair with a Norinco Mak 90 rifle sitting on his lap and appeared to be “extremely intoxicated.” Benson was taken into custody without incident.

The Norinco Mak 90 is a variant of the AK-47 rifle. It is a semi-automatic rifle that was imported into the United States in the 1990s. The “Mak 90” designation typically refers to a modified version of the AK-47 produced by the Chinese company Norinco. It is chambered in 7.62x39mm caliber and shares many design features with the original AK-47, including a stamped receiver and a detachable box magazine.

On investigation police found two homes and one business had been hit by gunfire. Three bullet holes in two separate houses were found with one round entering the bedroom of a 7-year-old child that was asleep. Police say the round nearly struck the child. The shot woke up the child who ran and got their mother, police said.

Another round traveled some 0.3 miles, striking Liberty Market on Hwy 31W; the round shattered the front window and lodged in a wall.

Benson was charged with Reckless Endangerment With A Deadly Weapon X 4, Vandalism Over $1000, and Public Intoxication. Benson is being held at the Sumner County Jail under a $100,000.00 bond. Other than the weapon used in the incident, other firearms were removed from the home by police.

Fortunately, no one was shot or injured in the incident.

The investigation is ongoing as police consider the likelihood that more homes and businesses were hit.