A man has been arrested following a shooting at the dirt track
On Saturday night, there was a shooting at Friendship Motor Speedway. The Surry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting.
View a photo from the scene at Friendship Motor Speedway below.
Friendship Motor Speedway is a 4/-10-mile dirt track in Elkin, NC. It was a weekly show but for 9/11 all Military, Fire, Police, and EMS got free admission to the stands.
The shooting took place around 9:30pm the night of September 11th. The track had two off-duty deputies working security for the event who were notified of the shooting.
Two people were injured in the shooting. One man was arrested.
Police arrest Yosef Amiel Handy
Yosef Amiel Handy, 45 is the arrested suspect. He is a felon, currently on federal probation.
Marty Allan Benge and Devan Ray Gaddy were treated at the scene then transported to Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Hospital. Each suffered non-life threatening injuries.
Police have charged Handy with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. In addition to one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.
Investigators stated that Mr. Benge was involved in an altercation with a man identified at Brandon Collins, which sparked the shooting. Collins was not injured in the shooting.
Handy is under arrest with bond set at $350,000. A court date is set for September 28th, 2021.
Sheriff Steve C. Hiatt comments on the dirt track shooting
The police issued the following statement:
“On September 11, 2021 at approximately 9:32pm, two off duty deputies with the Surry County Sheriff’s Office were working security at Friendship Motor Speedway in Elkin when they were notified that there was a shooting incident.”
“When deputies approached, they detained Yosef Amiel Handy (black / male, 45) of 110 South Jonesville Boulevard, Jonesville, North Carolina.”
“Deputies noticed Marty Allan Benge of Booneville, North Carolina and Devan Ray Gaddy of Grover, North Carolina had received non-life threating gunshot wounds. Both Benge and Gaddy received medical treatment for their injuries and were transported by Surry County Emergency Services to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.”
“Detectives with the Surry County Sheriff’s Office arrived on the scene to assist with the investigation. At the conclusion, deputies arrested Yosef Amiel Handy for two (2) counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflecting serious injury and one (1) count of possession of a firearm by a felon.”
“During the investigation, detectives found out that Mr. Handy is currently on federal probation. Detectives have reached out to Yosef Amiel Handy’s federal probation officer so that they are aware of the incident.”
“Mr. Handy received a secured bond of $350,000.00 and a court date of September 28, 2021. It appears that the incident began when an altercation occurred between Mr. Benge and a Brandon Collins.”
“During the altercation, Mr. Handy pulled a firearm out and fired at Mr. Benge, striking both Mr. Benge and Mr. Gaddy. This incident was an isolated incident. If anyone has additional information that would assist with the investigation, they are encouraged to call the Surry County Sheriff’s Office and speak with Detective Mark Ward.”