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Grand jury indicts man charged for ‘commission of act of terrorism’

By Eddie West

Staff Writer

A man facing an “act of terrorism” and ten other charges following a random shooting incident at a Gordonsville convenience market has been indicted by the county’s grand jury.

Allen Jeffrey Martinez Jr., 33, Howe, Texas, went on a shooting spree in September at the Exxon Convenience Market located on Gordonsville Highway/Highway 53 in Gordonsville.

At least one stray bullet, struck the nearby McDonald’s restaurant where an employee was working in the drive-through window and taking an order. Several customers were inside the restaurant.

In addition to commission of act of terrorism, Martinez was indicted on three counts of aggravated assault, three counts of reckless endangerment-deadly weapon involved, unlawful possession of a weapon by a convicted felon (crime of violence), possession of a handgun while under the influence, simple possession of schedule II drug methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and employment of a weapon during commission of a dangerous felony.

According to court records, Martinez fired two rounds into a glass door at the convenience market. One striking the McDonald’s restaurant.

Two rounds were also fired into an unoccupied truck parked at the convenience market.

One of the individuals at the convenience market was armed and confronted Martinez before police arrived on the scene.

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