Police have released a few more details about the Monday shooting at Rincon Latino that injured two Danville teenagers.
Joshua Allen Sargent, 21, of 233 Randolph Hill, is charged with two counts of attempted murder and two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment. The charges stem from an altercation about 8:40 p.m. Monday in the parking lot of the Hispanic grocery store at 605 S. Second St., said Police Chief Tony Gray.
Sargent allegedly shot John D. Cherry, 18, and Cheyenne Pinkston, 17, the police chief said. As of this morning, Cherry was listed in fair condition at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center in Lexington. Pinkston was treated and released from Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center not long after the shooting.
The night of the shooting, a woman called police from inside Rincon Latino to report that a bullet had flown through the window, according to a 911 incident report. Police also received telephone calls that Sargent allegedly made terroristic threats regarding Cherry and Pinkston’s families around the time of the shooting, records show.
The altercation was not related to a robbery gone wrong or a random act of violence, though shoppers and employees of the store were indeed endangered by flying bullets, Gray said.
“Sargent and Cherry knew each other before the shooting,” Gray said. “We don’t know how they knew each other, but they were acquainted.”
Sargent was arrested not long after the shooting. According to a police report, one of Sargent’s relatives came to the Danville station about five hours after the shooting wanting to talk to an officer.
“We still have not established a motive for the shooting,” Gray said. “At this point, our investigation is nearing its end, and the court system will take over trying to find out additional details such as why this happened and the basis of Cherry and Sargent’s acquaintanceship.”
Sargent is being held without bond at the Boyle County Detention Center. A date for his next appearance in Boyle County District Court had not been set as of this morning.
If convicted, Sargent faces 20 to 50 years imprisonment on each attempted murder charge and one to five years per count of wanton endangerment.