Woman Says Apartment Won't Let Her Out Of Her Lease After Shooting


Tuesday, June 21st 2016, 6:23 pm
By: Dana Hertneky


An Oklahoma City man is accused of firing several gunshots into the air and then took aim at his neighbor's apartment.

Now, she wants to move, but the Southern Oaks apartment complex in south Oklahoma City won't let her out of her lease.

Outside the front door of Rachelle Boyd’s apartment there are at least four bullet holes. One bullet ricocheted inside her apartment, and into her son's bedroom.  

It all happened three weeks ago but the apartment complex has yet to fix the bullet holes.

The man who police say is responsible for them is Devon Barnes, who was arrested that night.

Investigators say they found 17 spent shell casings around the complex along with a loaded .45 caliber handgun and several rounds of ammo in Barnes' upstairs apartment.  

Boyd said she doesn't know why he took aim at her home, but several bullets also sprayed across her next door neighbor's apartment.

“I’m just scared of the area, his friends and what might happen if I stay here,” Boyd said.

Boyd said she's too afraid to live in her apartment but the complex won't let her out of her lease.

“I said what about if I get killed, she said we’ll let you out of your lease then,” she said.

The manager of Southern Oaks wouldn’t go on camera and would only say it was the owner's decision to not allow Boyd out of her lease.

She wouldn't give News 9 the owner’s name, but through public records, News 9 learned the apartments are owned by a group out of Utah named Derbyshire Holdings LLC. 

The company did not return News 9's phone calls before the airing of this broadcast.

In the meantime, Boyd is paying rent on an apartment she's too scared to sleep at.

“I don’t want anything else. I just want to move. I want to feel safe for me and my boys,” she said.