ELKO — A simple, gray-blue house on the corner of Railroad and 10th streets in Carlin became a chaotic scene Monday morning when a man allegedly killed his mother and injured his half-brother in a shooting that shattered a quiet neighborhood and left family and friends grieving.
Suspect Brant Alan Davis, 22, is in police custody, charged with open murder, attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly killing his mother, 52-year-old Teresa Black, and injuring his half brother, 19-year-old Taylor Black.
Police descended on the home after they received a 9-1-1 call from Taylor Black that his half brother had fired shots in the home, Carlin Police Chief Bill Bauer said.
Black was in surgery at University of Utah hospital Monday afternoon with gunshot wounds to his neck and hand, Elko County Sheriff’s Lt. Kevin McKinney said. His status after surgery was not available by press time.
The shooting happened just before 9 a.m. and Bauer was the first to respond to the call. When he arrived, Davis was standing in front of the home, dazed and unable to answer questions about what happened.
“He had nothing to say,” Bauer said, “so we took him into custody.”
Bauer immediately searched the residence at 920 Railroad St. where he found Taylor Black bleeding in an upstairs room and Teresa Black dead in a downstairs area with a shot to the head.
Davis has one previous arrest and conviction, for drugs, listed in the Elko area, although Elko County Sheriff Jim Pitts added that Davis has a minor criminal history in other areas of the country. He did not specify.
Davis arrived in the Elko area on Friday and moved in with his mother. He had previously lived in Oregon with his biological father, McKinney said.
Police believe a shotgun was used in the shooting, McKinney said.
Detectives were meticulously searching the home Monday afternoon, placing evidence in bags that were stacked below a tree adorned with the remnants of a child’s treehouse.
Each officer stopped above a crumbling brick entryway Monday and placed protective booties on their shoes before entering the small, two-story home where the shootings took place.
A couch and television were visible through the open front door, surrounded by neatly organized family photos and knick-knacks.
The entire block near the house on Railroad Street was marked off with crime scene tape and buzzing with law enforcement from the Carlin Police Department, Elko County Sheriff’s Office, the Major Crimes Task Force, Elko Police and other agencies.
Next-door neighbor RaNae Baum said she was stuck inside Monday because her car was blocked into the crime scene.
When the shooting started, she thought it was construction.
“I thought they were hammering a bunch of stuff,” said 18-year-old Baum.
Baum said her boyfriend grew up with Taylor Black, who goes by the nickname TJ.
“My boyfriend has known TJ for a long time,” Baum said. “We never heard anything like fighting or anything like that. I don’t know what happened.”
At another end of the crime scene was Davis’ tan Volkswagen with Oregon plates. The back, driver’s side window was shattered.
Police don’t believe the car window was shattered by the shotgun they said Davis used in the shooting, and they’re still trying to figure out just how many shots were fired Monday.
“We do know that Teresa was shot downstairs first before Taylor Black was shot upstairs,” McKinney said. “Investigators are just starting to piece it together.”
Taylor Black was airlifted straight to a Salt Lake City hospital Monday morning.
“He was conscious, but not coherent when he was loaded into the helicopter,” McKinney said.
An autopsy will be conducted on Teresa Black’s body, with preliminary results possible by the end of the week, McKinney said.
Dylan Woolf Harris contributed to this report.