Alta Apartments Shooting

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Darius Ashley Allegedly Upset Wife Saw Another Man. Shoots Her In Parking Lot, Then Takes Her To Delray Medical And Claims They Were Robbery Victims.

Shooting scene at the Alta Apartments on Congress Avenue.

BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher

DELRAY BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The man who allegedly shot his wife in the parking lot of the Alta Apartments on Congress Avenue in Delray Beach on Sunday was upset that his wife spent time with another man.

Darius Ashley, after shooting his wife, then rushed her to Delray Medical Center where he told nurses that they were the victim of a robbery.

The Delray Beach Police Department made these claims in the arrest report just processed by the Palm Beach County Clerk of Courts. We are publishing most of the police narrative, verbatim, as it appears in the charging document. Darius is being held without bond following the incident on Sunday. We are leaving most of the grammar as it appears in the police report.

POLICE REPORT

“At 12:44 pm, Delray Beach Police dispatch received several 911 calls from witnesses stating they heard gunshots in the corner of the parking garage and a female screaming. At 12:47 PM, another 911 call was received stating they saw a subject running from the area where the shots were heard and then fled in black SUV from the 2nd floor garage. A second witness heard a male and female arguing in the garage and then the female say, “no no no stop/don’t don’t”, before a loud bang.

Darius Ashley, Courtesy Palm Beach County Jail.

At 1:03PM, Ofc. Hoods was at Dalray Medical Canter on an unrelated call when a female was brought into trauma bay 13. Ofc. Woods was aware that other officers were investigating a shots fired call. Ofc. Hoods attempted to gather information from the victim and learned that her name was Katrina Robinson Ashley, Katrina informed Ofc. Woods that she was standing next to her vehicle (blue EMN bearing IL tag PCAY58) talking with her husband when she fell to the ground. Ofc. Woods asked Katrina how she was brought to the hospital, and she stated her husband dropped her off. Ofc. Woods asked who her husband was, and she provided his nane and date of birth (Darius Ashley, 7/29/1975). Katrina could not provide any further information and then was immediately taken into surgery. DMC staff stated that Katrina suffered one gunshot wound that entered through her left lower back, striking her kidney, liver and part of her bowel and exited her right abdomen. Katrina is currently in critical condition.
Officers located the blue AMN bearing FL. tag PCAY58 in the 2nd floor parking garage. Next to the vehicle was a puddle of blood, a spent casing, and a spent projectile. The evidence located corroborated the 911 callers and victim statements.

I spoke to the victim’s mother, and obtained a statement via the phone which was recorded. Watts stated after she was made aware that something happened with Darius and Katrina, she called Darius at
approximately 1:30 PM and asked what happened. Darius told Watt that he want to Katrina’s work this morning and found out Katrina never showed up to work today. He found out that she was with another man (unknown location). He and Katrina got into an argument and told Watts “It went bad real fast” and that he shot her.”

Darius told Watts that Katrina would be okay and that the bullet just grazed her. The phone then disconnected between Darius and Watts.

Ofc. Hoods obtained a sworn statement from Nurse Shutes who stated that the was notified by DMC’s security guard that a female was in the lobby with a gunshot wound. Nurse Shutes made contact with a black male and a black female. The black male was pushing the black female in a wheelchair and stated, “we were robbed, and my wife was shot”. Nurse Shutes escorted the female through the ER and into bay #3. Nurse Shutes told the husband that he needed to leave. The husband was last seen by DMC staff walking out of the ER and back into the parking lot.”

Based on the information about the suspect potentially fleeing in a black SUV, officers checked Darius
through Law Enforcement database and learned that Darius had a black Jeep SUV. Ofc. Tabares
located the vehicle in the DHC parking lot. A felony traffic stop was conducted, and the vehicle was pulled over at W Linton Blvd/S Congress Ave. The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle was Darius.

Lt. Gray asked Darius if he had any weapon on him or inside the vehicle. Darius stated he had a firearm in his glove box. Lt. Gray also observed blood on the front passenger seat. Darius agreed to come back to the police department and was transported back and placed into an interview room.

The report also states that one of Darius’ coworkers at Ed Morse Toyota received a text from Darius stating, “boss, I shot her.”


Darius Ashley remains held without bond — he is facing a charge of “attempted second-degree murder with a firearm.” His wife continues to be treated at Delray Medical Center. She remains in critical condition. We remind our readers that a police report is the police version of events.

 

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