From the Longview Daily News of August 30, 2005
Watchman fires at car
What was initially reported as a "drive-by shooting" early Monday morning turned out to be a shot fired in a quite different circumstance.
Longview police were dispatched a few minutes after midnight after a young man called from his home in Longview, reporting that someone in a brown van shot at his vehicle when he and two passengers were driving around in the area of the Mint Farm.
"There wasn't any warning," the 22-year-old driver said Monday evening. "There aren't any 'no trespassing' signs out there."
"We saw a muzzle flash, and the windshield bust open," he said. "When I got home, I discovered a huge hole in the hood, and the windshield broke from a fragment. But from the angle, it looked like he was firing directly at me, not at my hood."
Police found a bullet hole in the vehicle, Detective Jim Duscha said.
Police checked out the Mint Farm area and spoke with the night watchman of a truck-driving school, Duscha said.
The watchman told police that he saw a vehicle driving recklessly in the parking lot and cutting cookies on the property. He said he thought the vehicle was going to run him over, so he fired his handgun, Duscha said. No one was injured.
"I think they at least owe me a new windshield," the driver said.
Police made no arrests. The Cowlitz County Prosecuting Attorney's Office is reviewing the evidence.