It’s there he fired at a vendor, who had a license to carry a concealed weapon. The vendor grabbed a gun from his own truck and struck Ashmore’s sport utility vehicle, officers told the news station.
“I think he was targeting almost everybody,” Lake County District Attorney Don Anderson told CBS 13. “Everyone he had a grudge with, and even random citizens.”
Pat Kelly, 52, told the San Francisco Chronicle he was at the gas station when the SUV tore through the parking lot.
“Oh there were eight to 10 or a dozen gunshots in rapid succession,” Kelly told the newspaper. “There was another guy parked behind me. He was hiding behind his gas pump, and I was hiding behind my gas pump.”
He said he got back into his car and raced to another gas station, only to again spot the SUV.
Ashmore was caught on camera striding into one of the two gas stations he shot on Monday, rifle in hand. Police said there were seven different crime scenes in the shooting spree
Ashmore reportedly stole cigarettes and a lighter from the store at gunpoint before driving away. Officers said the suspect also shot at workers at a winery and then led deputies on a chase before finally surrendering.
“There are a total of seven different crime scenes,” Lake County Sheriff Brian Martin said.
Several firearms were found inside his vehicle, at the time of his arrest. According to the sheriff’s office, Ashmore has been arrested several times locally and has spent time in prison.
The names of those killed in the shooting spree have not yet been released.