Shots fired at apparent drag race

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 19, 2005

A disagreement at an apparent drag race on Firetower road in Greene County led to shots with no injuries Saturday night. Greene County Sheriff Johnny Isaac said the department responded to a report that shots had been fired at the location around 8 p.m. and are currently searching for David Sherman Edwards, and Christopher Hicks, both of Eutaw.

The pair apparently teamed up to fire shots into several unoccupied vehicles, which fortunately led to no injuries. Isaac said while there was only one weapon both would be charged with shooting into an unoccupied vehicle. At least two vehicles were struck by fire from the AK-47 rifle.

“We got both of them and charged them with shooting into an unoccupied vehicle,” Isaac said. “From what we understand one was shooting and the other was handing him shells. One had the gun and the other was helping him reload. We believe Edwards was the one doing the actual firing. That is the information we got from the complaints.”

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Isaac said there was only one weapon used, but there didn’t seem to be single target.

“There was only one weapon,” Isaac said. “But there were several shells there. They shot into some vehicles and were shooting into the area where some people were.”

The problem stemmed from the outcome of a drag race on the road that apparently did not end in favor of the alleged shooters. Isaac said, after an argument, the pair left the race and returned with the weapon some time later

“As we understand it there were some drag races going on earlier that afternoon,” Isaac said. “A confrontation took place after the race was over which led to the shots. We understand that there was a drag race, somebody lost and there was a heated discussion.”

Isaac said the drag races were over long before deputies were called. The incident is one of many that have stemmed from illegal drag racing on Greene County roads. Isaac said this has been a problem for over 20 years, which is why many support the building of the new drag racing track at Knoxville.

“This is one of the reasons I have no problem with the drag strip being built here,” Isaac said. “We had the one out on Highway 43 and we had less problems with this. A race track keeps them off of the roads and that is good because we have heavy traffic on some of those roads.”

The fact that races occur is no mystery. However, where they occur and who is involved is carefully disguised. Isaac said the racers take preventative measures to avoid law enforcement by using scanners and lookouts.

“They move from one location to the other,” Isaac said. “They have scanners and other ways of knowing when we are being dispatched to them. By the time we get there they have dispersed. Unless you know about it in advance and can set something up it is difficult to stop.”

Isaac said the department is in the process of putting warrants together and bringing the pair in.