TOLNA, N.D. — "This is about as rural as you can get in this whole damn world," said farmer Cory Christofferson. "A lot of times I'll never see a car when I drive down this road."
There is one pickup Christofferson will never forget. He encountered it while driving along Highway 20 as he returned to his farm near Tolna after going to pick up some feed for his son's sheep.
"(The truck) turned right in front of me," Christofferson said.
The 65-year-old grandfather said the pickup then pulled over and he passed it. He then noticed it started moving again, staying about a mile behind his pickup.
"I didn't think anything about it at the time," Christofferson said.
When he was just a few hundred feet from his farm, Christofferson noticed something in his mirror.
"He's weaving like crazy, so I pull over and let him go by," Christofferson said.
That's when the pickup pulls up — basically mirror to mirror.
The driver of the pickup fired what Christofferson believes was a shotgun. The blast blew out windows of his truck.
"All I remember is the fire coming out of the end of the barrel at my face," Christofferson said. "I immediately thought I was dead. I was covered in glass."
Christofferson pulled into his driveway and called the police. He said the pickup turned around and slowly drove away.
"You don't expect someone to pull up next to you, pull out a shotgun and pull the trigger," Christofferson said.
Christofferson said he has no clue why anyone would want to shoot at him.
Back on the farm, Christofferson feeds the sheep with his wife and 3-year-old daughter, knowing he's lucky to be alive. He said his fright has turned to anger knowing the shooter is still out there, and that he still can't get the image of those eyes out of his head.
"We don't need evil demons like this roaming around," Christofferson said.
Christofferson said due to his dirty windows, and the dusty road, he did not get a good look at the shooter. He said it may have been a Native American man with black hair.
The pickup is described as a blue Chevy, either late 70 or early 80s, with a topper.
Christofferson is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the shooter.