A Gardnerville man was arrested after allegedly shooting out windows in vehicles and dozens of businesses in Carson City and Douglas County, authorities said.
David Scott Killen, 22, a convicted arsonist, was booked Monday
afternoon on suspicion of misdemeanor assault and gross misdemeanor
destruction of property. He was jailed on $10,000 cash bail, authorities said.
The shooting spree began around 1 p.m. in Carson City, when stores along Carson Street reported their windows being shattered.
As deputies and Nevada Highway Patrol troopers raced from scene
to scene, the culprits drove down Carson Street an hour later and
hit the businesses again.
Scott Doerr, owner of B'Sghetti's restaurant, was a target at 1:12 p.m.
He estimated it would cost him more than $1,500 to replace the plate-glass window that once bore his restaurant's name. No customers were sitting in the section where the window was shot out.
About an hour later, he was in the main dining room when the building was struck again and a second, 10-foot-tall window was shattered.
"I was sitting there, and it exploded into my lap," Doerr told the Nevada Appeal.
Diane Garrity, owner of a nearby business, Encore Consignment, said she felt lucky to be alive after the front door was shattered by a pellet.
"If it were a rifle, I'd be dead," Garrity said.
The last call Carson City received was from a UPS driver, who reported just after 3 p.m. that a window on his truck had been shot
out. About 20 minutes later, businesses in Douglas County began to get hit, said Douglas County Sheriff's Sgt. Mark MuInoz.
"I heard at least five reports down here in Douglas. It's like they were just driving from the north end of town, and they just proceeded to go southbound on 395 through town," he said.
About 3:30 p.m., a woman called 911 to say the window on her mini van was shot out by the driver of a black Pontiac Sunfire near Kimmerling Road in Douglas County.
"She was covered in glass shards and very shaken at the scene," said Carson City Detective Keith Bopko.
Douglas County deputies stopped the vehicle. Another witness was
brought to the scene and also identified the Sunfire as the vehicle
they'd observed at the scene of one of the Carson City shootings.
Investigators said a slingshot and a pellet gun were inside the vehicle. Killen was arrested and a passenger in the car was allowed to leave.
Killen is a convicted felon who spent time in prison for a rash of arsons in Douglas County, Carson City, Virginia City and California's Alpine County in 2002.
He was paroled in August, authorities said.
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