Police are looking for a man tied to two recent shootings. In one, investigators tracked him down with an insurance payment receipt found at the scene of the incident. In the other shooting, he was with the person struck by gunfire.
Tony Traveze Martin, 27, of Danville, is wanted by police on a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon. The search for Martin began as police investigated a shooting that happened Oct. 25 at the intersection of Rosemary Lane and Stanley Drive.
“During the course of an investigation ... police executed a search warrant for a residence in Danville Oct. 28 and seized a firearm,” Danville Police Department Lt. Richard Chivvis said. “Police obtained a warrant on Martin for the possession of that seized firearm.”
In that shooting, a man told police he was a passenger in a white Mercedes SUV that stopped at the traffic sign on Rosemary Lane when a dark green Chevy Tahoe that had been following them pulled in front and stopped, states a search warrant filed in Danville Circuit Court. Multiple people got out and began shooting, hitting the man in the hand. Police arrived to find the Mercedes with two bullet holes and blood inside and outside of the vehicle.
He “said subjects with masks covering their faces got out of the dark colored SUV with guns and shot at him,” officer W.C. Shively wrote in one affidavit for a search warrant.
A neighborhood witness confirmed to police that a truck — a dark green Chevy Tahoe — pulled in front of the Mercedes, when a gunman got out and shot into the vehicle. Another witness saw the Tahoe parked outside the SUV, with the doors open just after hearing gunshots. While processing the scene, investigators found multiple pieces of paper — one of them an insurance document — lying in front of the Mercedes.
“The documents were dry and didn’t appear to have been there long,” Cpl. J.D. Dixon wrote in a search warrant. “One document was an auto insurance payment receipt addressed to [a relative of Martin’s].”
A quick search revealed the relative was the registered owner of a 2001 dark green Chevy SUV, documents state.
A search of the relative’s home — also where Martin lives — turned up a firearm, police report.
As investigators looked back into Martin’s past, they realized he was connected to another recent shooting.
“Tony Traveze Martin was with a subject when he was shot” on Oct. 9, another search warrant states.
No information is available about that incident though police said the shootings are not connected.
Avent is a reporter with the Danville Register & Bee. Reach him at (434) 797-7983.