One injured, two arrested in Triple T’s shooting

Family and friends of the victim seek donations to aid healing and recovery

One injured, two arrested in Triple T’s shootingChandra Stevens (center) recovers from her gunshot wound in the hospital while daughters Angie (left), Brook Ann (standing) and sister Jolene Bivins visit. — Courtesy photo

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By BRIAN COSNER

News Review Staff Writer

A shooting at Triple T’s Tavern (formerly Tommy T’s) last weekend left one female employee injured. Bartender Chandra Stevens was reportedly shot in the shoulder when an armed suspect returned to the bar after being thrown out for fighting.

Friends and coworkers have rallied to raise money for Stevens’ medical costs. The gunshot reportedly shattered her collar bone, and surgery was required to remove hollow-point bullet fragments from her shoulder.

According to a Ridgecrest Police Department release, at about 1:15 a.m. on Saturday, June 23, a fight broke out among several suspects at Triple T’s where suspect Donald Kelly, 30, reportedly brandished a knife and attempted to stab one of the participants.

Kelly was subdued and left, but returned about 30 minutes later with a firearm and reportedly fired several shots, one of which struck Stevens, into the business from the doorway. Officers believe he was targeting one of the previous fight participants.

Kelly fled the scene and Stevens was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital.

Around 9 a.m. the same morning, police located Kelly at an apartment in the 200 block of West Drummond Avenue where he was taken into custody.

The next morning, officers arrested Bobby Cann, 26 – a suspected accomplice to the shooting – on a warrant.

“Cann was with [Kelly] at the bar that evening,” said Det. Patrick Harlow of the RPD. “He was arrested for conspiracy to commit crime by acting with Kelly.”

Both Kelly and Cann are charged with attempted murder and prohibited possession of a firearm. Harlow said there are currently no other suspects, but the incident is still under investigation. Police do not believe either suspect was a registered owner of the firearm.

Meanwhile, local residents launched a fundraising campaign on Facebook to help cover medical bills.

“Between her and her fiance, Chandra has 10 children, so this is devastating to her,” said friend and coworker Susan Parker. “She is a wonderful person, a great mom, she works to support her family and she’s in need of anything anybody can do.”

Anybody can donate by visiting the “For Chandras speedy recovery” Facebook Fundraiser page (https://www.facebook.com/donate/1054759748005335).

But Susan said any sort of help is welcome.

“She’s a tough cookie and it’s hard for her to let people help sometimes,” said Parker. “She does have a big family who is helping her with child care, but anything people can offer – especially professional services like victim support or counseling or even just meals – is appreciated.”

“I walked in there the day after it happened, and I just sat on the floor and cried,” she said. “I worked there for 10 years. It’s like having your home violated.

“I know the costs are going to be astronomical. Right now, we just want to make sure that they can make it day to day and that the children get fed.”

Parker said people can call Triple T’s at 760-371-4112 to see how they can help.

Story First Published: 2018-06-29