Frightening video shows a shootout in an Ohio racetrack parking lot that killed a bystander who was packing up his car after a day of fun.
Luis Cuevas, 33, was shot dead and four others were wounded at Dragway 42 Sunday, when a man who caused an argument by driving recklessly in the gravel lot opened fire and a licensed gun owner shot back, cops and reports said.
“Unfortunately things took a turn for the worst and Luis was shot several times as a bystander he just wanted to load up the car to go home,” Cuevas’ niece Abigail Pietri wrote on a gofundme.com page raising cash for his funeral, The Daily Record reported.
The fight broke out after an apparently drunk driver in a pickup truck did burnouts in the gravel lot, kicking up pebbles onto people and vehicles after an event at the Wayne County track, cops said.
“This of course kind of infuriated the owners of the vehicles – so there was a rather heated discussion that took place alongside the suspect’s vehicle,” Capt. Doug Hunter of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook video Tuesday.
Cellphone footage obtained by News 5 Cleveland shows a group of men arguing and getting in each other’s faces. At one point, a man leans into the open door of the pickup truck and someone else punches him in the head, then appears to kick him.
A gunshot rings out and the crowd scatters, with the person filming the video apparently running by a woman sprinting with a child in her arms. More shots rings out as the video ends.
The man who started the deadly incident left the lot and is still at large, cops said.
Two people, including Cuevas, were taken by ambulance to local hospitals and two more were taken by private means, the Wayne County sheriff’s office said.
More than 35 calls flooded into 911 after the shootout, The Daily Record reported.
“Dragway 42, shots fired, shots fired!” one caller shoted.
“There’s a guy shooting all over the place,” another said.
“Two people just got shot. I think one guy is dead on the ground and another guy got shot in his leg,” said a third, according to the Record.
The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office is seeking more video, photos or information on the shootout, Hunter said in his video update.
“Any time you have a person under the influence of alcohol firing a firearm it can be a very, very dangerous and deadly situation,” Hunter said.
So far there have been no arrests.