Fiery crash begins with car chase and shots fired

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Laura Ward was outside in her front yard near N.W. 85th and Hudson when she heard the shots fired.

“We were right there. That’s all we know. We saw everything. They were inside luckily,” Ward said.

Her 3- and 4-year-old daughters were inside the house at the time.

“Just pow, pow, pow. It was a small gun. It must have been,” Ward said. “The cars came back here and started shooting again, and they just raced off.”

Police said it all started in the neighborhood with a passenger in one vehicle firing shots at another vehicle.

A chase ensued, and the cars made their way to Britton Road.

The car that was being shot at ran the stop sign at Britton and Kelley, smashing into another vehicle then rolling and bursting into flames.

“They knew the people that were shooting at them. It’s a ongoing domestic disturbance kind of deal,” said Lt. Michelle Henderson with the Oklahoma City Police Department. “For as serious as it could’ve been, we’re very fortunate that everybody was non life threatening injuries. They were going very fast, according to the witnesses out here, when they went through the intersection without stopping.”

The suspect inside the third vehicle who was shooting the bullets got away.

Police were canvassing several different areas looking for shell casings.

“It was a black male passenger that we are receiving information that was the shooter, and we’re working on identifying him and locating him,” Henderson said.

Ward said another innocent driver in her neighborhood almost got caught up, as well.

“There was another woman who was caught in between those two cars who I’m sure was terrified. It was an elderly lady. She pulled off to the side and let them go around,” Ward said.

Ward said she’s now looking for a different house to rent in a neighborhood where she and her girls can feel safer.

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