The trouble began as an altercation between a man and a woman between the gas pumps at the Exxon station at the Y intersection of U.S. 280 and 8th Avenue SW, Wesson said. When the store clerk told them to move along, the woman left in one car and the man in another.
The man, a passenger in the second car, “hung out the window and started shooting at her,” Wesson said. “Police happened to be right behind them.”
The shooting occurred along the stretch from the gas station past Waffle House to Natch’s Barbecue.
When the officer turned on his blue light, the suspect threw the handgun out of the car, Wesson said. He said police recovered that gun and a second gun in the car.
Melvin Keith, 27, of 13 Magnolia Street, Childersburg, was arrested at 12:21 a.m. Sunday and charged with reckless endangerment, discharging a firearm in city limits and possession of a pistol without a permit.
Wesson said the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms became involved in the investigation because the barrel of the shotgun found in the car was believed to be shorter than allowed by law.
No one was hurt in the shooting.
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