A man believed to be under the influence of alcohol was arrested on Monday night after allegedly firing several shots into empty self-storage units at Uptown Storage in Lawton, Okla. Police initially responded to a report of a man with a pistol standing in a wash bay at Red Oak Car Wash, but by the time they arrived, the suspect had moved to the nearby self-storage facility at 1104 S.W. C Ave. A car-wash employee told investigators he heard nine gunshots. Police also heard a gunshot at the south side of the storage facility after setting up a perimeter, according to a source.
After being called out by police, Andrew Jones surrendered without incident. He emerged from a storage unit in a section of the facility still under construction. Officers found a Springfield .45-caliber magazine in his pocket and 18 empty shell casings in the immediate area. They also found an empty magazine in one of the storage units that matched the one taken from Jones and a loaded Springfield XD-45 pistol, a source reported. A nearly empty bottle of Barton vodka was nearby, according to police.
Police described Jones as belligerent with bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. He reportedly told investigators the worse charge he could face was public intoxication. He was booked on charges of damage to private property, felony discharge of a weapon, possession of a firearm after a felony conviction, possession of a firearm while intoxicated, and public intoxication.
Investigators found multiple bullet holes in several units. The owner of the self-storage facility estimated the damage at $5,000.
Police also believe Jones shot at least four rounds into the nearby Family Home Medical office building.
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