Investigators looking into criminal history of shooting victim

tmcdonald@newsobserver.comAugust 16, 2013 

— Investigators say two armed men shot a 13-year-old girl in the mouth and then opened gunfire on her father, wounding him in the arm and back as he tried to flee out of a rear door of their Willow Spring home early Wednesday.

No arrests have been made in the case, but sheriff’s deputies are familiar with the adult victim, Andrew Louis Bass, 32. He has a criminal record with numerous drug violations stretching back more than a decade.

Deputies last charged Bass, of 11113 Old Stage Road in Willow Spring, on June 14 with cocaine trafficking, possession of marijuana, simple possession of marijuana, resisting arrest and driving with a revoked license, court records show.

He is scheduled to appear in Wake County District Court on Sept. 10 to answer the charges, a spokeswoman with the Wake County District Attorney’s Office reported Friday.

The shootings occurred just before 2 a.m. Wednesday at the victims’ single-wide mobile home, located at the end of a rural dirt road near N.C. 42, according to a 911 recording made public this week.

Bass and his daughter were awakened by a knock on the door, and when the child opened the door, she was shot in the face.

After hearing the gunshot, Bass ran out of a bedroom and toward the backdoor. He was shot twice before he made it outside, according to search warrant applications made public Friday.

The two assailants fled after the shooting, according to sheriff’s spokesman Capt. James Stevens.

Father and daughter were standing in the driveway of their home when the sheriff’s deputies arrived. The child’s nose was bleeding and Bass complained of pain in his back, according to court records.

Bass’s injuries were treated at WakeMed in Raleigh, but he was not admitted, a hospital spokeswoman reported.

His daughter, however, was seriously injured, Stevens said. He was not able to provide an update on her condition Friday.

In the recording of her call to 911, the girl described the incident as a home invasion. Stevens, however, declined to comment on a motive. Search warrants described the incident as an assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

Stevens did say the shootings were not a random act, but he stopped short of confirming they were gang- or drug-related.

The 911 recording, more than eight minutes long, provides little information about the shootings because the voices of the child and Bass are garbled.

Investigators searched the victims’ home and two vehicles – a green Chevrolet Tahoe and a white Chevrolet pickup – and collected Bass’ mobile phone, his criminal history file with the FBI and a check stub made out to the victim from the State Employees Credit Union as evidence in the investigation.

They seized Bass’ phone to search for any communication that may help them identify the two suspects, court records show.

Bass’ criminal record indicated he has had legal issues with drugs in Wake County dating to 2000 when he was convicted of possession of drugs, carrying a concealed weapon and alcohol violations. He was sentenced to probation.

He was convicted two years later of possession with the intent to sell or deliver a controlled substance and sentenced to six months in prison. Two years after that second conviction, he was sentenced again to six to eight months behind bars on two felony counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver a controlled substance. Those convictions were followed a year later with another conviction on two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to between 11 months to a little more than one year in prison.

His most recent stint in prison – two months and 15 days – in 2011 was for misdemeanor drug possession, state records show.

Neither Bass nor his family members could be reached for comment Friday.

News researcher Peggy Neal contributed to this report.

McDonald: 919-829-4533

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