A local man is behind bars after police arrested him in connection with a recent report of shots fired in broad daylight into a residence along Braswell Street.

Brian Melendez, 25, is jailed under a $30,000 secured bond at the Nash County Detention Center on charges of feloniously discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling and feloniously committing assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, authorities said and records show.

Melendez also is charged with committing misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon, records show.

Officers at 1:05 p.m. on Tuesday responded to the 300 block of Braswell, police Cpl. Ricky Jackson said.

The officers found out that Brandon Alcaraz had been sitting on the front porch when shots were fired from a dark sport utility vehicle and that projectiles had entered the residence, where two juveniles were located, Jackson said.

Alcaraz suffered a laceration as a result of broken glass, Jackson said.

The residence is in the immediate vicinity of the Falls Road Historic District.


Melendez was booked at 12:54 a.m. the day after the shooting, Nash County Chief Deputy Brandon Medina said.

Melendez had listed an address in the 100 block of Cane Drive, Medina said.

This is the second time in slightly more than two months that the Telegram has reported about shots having been fired at a residence in the 300 block of Braswell.

The newspaper on Nov. 17 reported that Detrell Mercer, 18, and Ronnie Shakeam Wallace, 24, were both charged with feloniously discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling.

The newspaper reported that on the evening of Nov. 12, multiple rifle rounds were fired at that address and a woman, Cola Bradshaw, 28, was shot in one of her legs with an AR-15.

Mercer and Wallace also were charged with misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon and misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

Court records said Mercer and Wallace were charged with the latter offense because they allegedly encouraged, caused and aided the juvenile to commit assault with a deadly weapon.