An argument and ensuing fight at the Cheaper Gas convenience store in Fresno turned into a wild road rage chase Thursday afternoon, with shots fired by people in at least one of the vehicles, Fresno County Sheriff's Office spokesman Chris Curtice said.
Curtice said that suspect Richard Chase Douglass, 20, is the owner of the vehicle where the shots were fired from, and that he and at least two others were in the vehicle during the chase.
Before the shooting, the victims tried to drive away from the gas station and hit Douglass' car that was parked in the lot. Douglass and the other suspects allegedly chased after them and fired shots.
The road rage chase ended at a home on the 1400 block of N. Milburn Avenue west of Highway 99, where more shots were fired into the home and windows of a vehicle were smashed with a baseball bat, Curtice said. No one was injured.
Douglass' vehicle was found soon after in front of a home in the 4000 block of W. Olive Avenue. Douglass was standing near the vehicle and was detained, Curtice said.
Curtice said Douglass' home was searched, and police found several guns, including five rifles and five handguns.
Douglass was arrested and booked into the Fresno County Jail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, shooting into an inhabited dwelling and exhibiting a firearm in a threatening manner.
Both vehicles involved in the road rage incident have been identified, Curtice said, and the investigation is ongoing.
Deputies first received reports of shots fired shortly before 2:30 p.m. in the area of Milburn and Olive avenues, Curtice said. The gas station where the chase began was at Marks and McKinley avenues.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (559) 600-3111, or CrimeStoppers at (559) 498-STOP (7867).