Ike evacuee arrested for firing gun

September 13, 2008 3:58:16 AM PDT
A Hurricane Ike evacuee was being held Saturday after allegedly firing shots in a hotel parking lot after a car struck a luggage cart carrying his 5-year-old son, authorities said. TRACK IT: Location/forecast track | Satellite | Computer models | Forecast wind by zip code | Watches/warnings | Hurr. wind probabilities | TS wind probabilities | Tracking map | Get Ike text alerts | Gulf water temps | Tim Heller's blog | During the storm | Your report | Photos

No one was injured in the Friday night shooting, Nueces County sheriff's Capt. Paul Rivera said.

The 28-year-old Houston man who fired the shots was being held on charges of possession of a firearm and discharge of a firearm, Rivera said.

Authorities said the man's 5-year-old son was riding on a luggage cart about 7:30 p.m. Friday in a hotel parking lot when the cart was struck by a car being driven by a 15-year-old.

The child was jostled on the cart but not seriously injured.

"He pulled out a gun and shot about 11 times," Rivera said of the child's father. It was unclear where the man was aiming; the car was not hit, Rivera said.

The car left the scene. Authorities later located the driver, who had abandoned the vehicle about a half-mile away.

Several other hurricane evacuees witnessed the shooting, Rivera said.

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