In what may have been a random attack, the driver of a green SUV shot up the front of a vehicle at a Cathedral City gas station while the vehicle’s owner and his friends watched, and drove off into the darkness today, police in Cathedral City said.
At about 3:10 a.m., officers responded to a shots fired call in the 68500 block of Ramon Road. When they arrived, they found evidence of five gunshots fired into the front end of the vehicle, said Cathedral City police Sgt. Albert Ruiz.
“The victim said that he parked his vehicle next to the gas pumps and he and his friends exited the car,” Ruiz said. “As the group was standing at the back of the car, the suspect, driving a green SUV, possibly a 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe with 20-inch chrome rims, pulled up in front of the victim’s vehicle and started yelling at the group in Spanish.”
The group did not respond, Ruiz said, but the suspect pulled out a stainless steel or chrome gun and fired into the front of the vehicle and fled westbound on Ramon Road.
Police searched the area but were unable to find the suspect or his vehicle. The victim and his friends were not hurt, and the incident appeared to be a random act, Ruiz said.
The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, in his early 30s, with a shaved head and wearing a short-sleeved button-up shirt. He had tattoos on his neck and arms.
Investigators asked anyone with information about the incident to call the Cathedral City police at (760) 770-0300.