Suspect opens fire on Jeep with assault rifle in Richland

Tri-City HeraldDecember 5, 2013 

— Richland police are asking for the public’s help in finding a man who allegedly fired more than 20 rounds from an assault rifle at three people in an SUV.

Bullets tore through the hood and windshield of the Ford Explorer but no one was seriously hurt, said Richland Capt. Mike Cobb.

“It’s hard to believe no one was hit,” he said.

One bullet traveled about three-quarters of a mile and lodged in a wall inside an apartment on the 2500 block of Duportail Street, Cobb said. A woman was in the apartment but was not injured.

The shooting was Wednesday night in a mobile home park on the 100 block of Bitterroot Drive. It apparently stemmed from an ongoing dispute over a “litany of different things,” including a stolen motorcycle and work on a building, Cobb said.

Police are looking for James Leroy Davis III, 28, a transient who has ties to Moses Lake and Pasco.

Davis and Lowell Lavell Singleton of Richland were driving in a maroon Jeep Commander at 9:20 p.m. when they encountered the Ford Explorer with two men and a woman inside, police said.

It’s unclear if a dispute broke out, but Davis reportedly got out of the Jeep and shot at the Explorer, Cobb said.

Police initially found at least 12 bullet holes in the Explorer, Cobb said. Investigators are not done examining the SUV. Bullet holes could be seen from the grill to the windshield.

One bullet grazed the leg of Edward Bolt, 32, Cobb said. The other two people were not hit.

Although police do not know the model of the gun used in the shooting, the bullets recovered are “assault-rifle caliber,” Cobb said. Singleton, who was allegedly driving the Jeep, turned himself in to police Thursday night. Singleton was being questioned and it was unclear if he would be released or arrested.

Davis is described as 5-foot-8, 160 pounds. He is black and has black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 911.

w Tyler Richardson: 582-1556; trichardson@tricityherald.com

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