Orange police are investigating four cases of gunfire on Monday including a county deputies’ car being hit. One deputy in the car fired back. No injuries were reported in any of the incidents. The deputies were said to be on duty in an unmarked car in the Roselawn subdivision about 9:25 p.m.
Twenty minutes earlier, shots were fired at a pickup truck driving northward in the 2400 block of 16th Street in the highly-traveled commercial district near Interstate 10. The driver of the pickup, along with a witness, hid in a convenience store until police arrived. The witness was a Georgia woman in a separate car who was traveling through town.
Detective Captain Robert Enmon said investigators are looking into the possibility the Roselawn and 16th Street shootings are related. He said shootings on 16th Street “are highly unusual.”
Another shooting at vehicles was reported at 2:30 p.m. at Second and Schley streets in the Navy Park area. Officers did not find anyone at the scene, but two women who had been shot at went straight to the police station.
More gunfire was reported in Navy Park at 6:17 p.m. in the 200 block of Dewey Avenue. A patrol officer said he found nine spend .40 caliber Federal shell casings spread along 20 or 30 yards in the street.
Police have not reported arrests in any of the shootings. Captain Enmon said the Navy Park gunfire appears to be unrelated to the other two incidents.
He said the deputies were traveling through Roselawn and saw two men in the street. The two men “immediately started firing” at the deputies’ unmarked car. The shooting exchange was on Bridal Wreath and Dahlia streets.
Police interviewed two men who were “persons of interest” but they were not arrested.
The gunfire on 16th Street was reported at 9:07 p.m. A 42-year-old West Orange man told Orange police he was driving his pickup truck northbound. In the 2400 block near Sunset Park, a vehicle pulled up next to the pickup truck. The driver lowered the window so the West Orange man could see his eyes.
After the West Orange man acknowledge that he saw the other man, the man pulled a gun and started firing. The West Orange man said he got down in his seat and heard a second shot. He then speeded up to the Exxon Texas Country Store. The shooter also went to the store, but stayed outside as the West Orange man and the witness hid in the store. When police arrived, the shooter was gone.