A felony charge was filed Tuesday afternoon against a Grand Forks man accused of shooting at a car on South Washington Street on Monday, Oct. 7.
Richard Richardson III is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday morning on the charge of reckless endangerment.
Richardson was parked in front of the Orton’s Cenex gas station, 2002 S. Washington St., just after 5:30 p.m. Monday, according to an affidavit for his arrest. He told officers a vehicle was northbound on the frontage road in front of the gas station when he saw an acquaintance sit on the front windowsill of the passenger seat, lean over the car and point a firearm at him.
Richardson walked toward the car and fired seven rounds from a .45 caliber handgun at the vehicle, the affidavit said. No one was injured.
Richardson left the scene and was arrested later, Lt. Travis Benson said. Richardson told police he thought there were two people in the vehicle and “he did not care what happened to the people in the car when he discharged the seven rounds,” according to the affidavit.
Benson said officers found three bullets at the scene but do not believe any property was damaged.
The investigation is ongoing and Benson said he cannot rule out charges being filed against the man who Richardson, 27, said pointed a gun at him, though Benson said there wasn’t evidence to support the claim at this point.
Benson said the men had an ongoing feud and there were several incidents that led to the shooting on Monday, though details were still unclear.
Police interviewed eyewitnesses and looked over security footage from the gas station, Benson said. Richardson was firing shots toward South Washington Street during a peak traffic time, the affidavit said.
He was arrested after he allegedly pointed a gun at someone in October 2018 near 10 N. Third St., which is home to Level 10 Lounge and O’Really’s Irish Pub, an affidavit for his arrest said. He pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm in a liquor establishment and a felony charge of terrorizing was dismissed. Richardson is on unsupervised probation until February 2020 on the misdemeanor charge.
He could spend up to five years in prison if he’s convicted on the latest charge. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at (701) 787-8000.