LAWTON, Okla._It was a frightening scene in a southwest Lawton neighborhood after shots rang out when an argument escalated.
It happened just after 10:00 a.m. Monday near southwest Sixth Street and Jefferson Avenue after an argument turned violent when an unidentified man fired shots into another man's pickup. Some of the gunshots went whizzing by the target and into a nearby home where a child was inside.
When the bullets don't hit the intended target they continue to travel and have to land somewhere, putting anyone in their path in danger. Lawton police are still searching for the shooter described by witnesses as driving an older model gray Toyota sedan.
Lawton Police Captain, Craig Akard, said after an argument between the two men, shots erupted, "There was an altercation outside of the house and the one individual in the red truck left. And that's when his vehicle got shot."
The truck was located not long after the shooting and multiple bullet holes were found in its side. Other bullets found their way into the house across the street. One bullet was found in the door and another was found lodged in the siding. A man who was inside the house at the time of the shooting did say there was a child inside when the shots hit. That's why Captain Akard says incidents like this can be so dangerous, "Unfortunately what we have seen in the past is when people get shot at and that person doesn't hit them, those bullets go somewhere. So those stray bullets are of more concern to the police department and the residents of the other houses."
While police said they have an idea of the motive, they are unwilling to release it at this time. Akard says right now they just have a one-sided story so they are waiting to locate the accused shooter and looking at witness statements to figure out exactly what happened.