Police: 2 charged with shooting into Clover man’s house over alleged drug debt

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comMay 28, 2014 

— Two men accused of trying to kill a Clover man over an alleged drug debt by shooting into his house in broad daylight earlier this month are in jail, police say.

Kevin Renard Thomas, who police said was at large until drug agents arrested him last week, and Gary Vincent Boyd are both held at the York County Detention Center charged with attempted murder in connection with a May 11 shooting on Richland Street in Clover.

At about 5 p.m., the victim, 22, reported someone in a dark blue four-door car fired three shots into the house to police at 5 p.m. according to a Clover police report. Police found bullets on the living room floor. The victim told police that a man he knew as “KT” was upset with him because he owed “KT” money for Opana pills, the report states. Opana is a narcotic used to treat pain.

Police identified “KT” as Thomas, who lives in Gastonia. The victim showed officers several text messages Thomas sent him threatening to go to the house of the victim's mother. Another message warned the victim that he better “be strapped,” the report states.

Authorities issued warrants on Thomas and requested the public’s help in finding him. York County multijurisdictional drug agents arrested Thomas last week, said Clover Police Lt. Tanner Davis. The circumstances surrounding that incident were not immediately available. Thomas is additionally charged with possession of marijuana and other drug possession charges. He is held on a more than $44,000 bond.

Police determined that Thomas drove the car while Boyd, 20, of Clover was the suspect who allegedly fired the shots, Davis said. Police issued warrants on Boyd, who turned himself in to authorities last weekend. He is also charged with discharging a firearm into a dwelling and held on a $60,000 bond.

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