SEMMES, ALABAMA – A Semmes public works supervisor was arrested by the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office on Monday after deputies say he shot at a car with five teenagers in it.
Mark Raiford, 39, was booked early this morning and charged with discharging a gun into an occupied vehicle. The charge is a felony.
“This could have been a situation with a horrible ending,” Mobile County Sheriff Sam Cochran said.
None of the teens were injured in the shooting.
Lori Myles, public information officer for the Mobile County Sheriff’s Department, said Raiford shot at the vehicle after he caught the teens toilet papering his house. They rang the doorbell on his home on Sky Vista Drive West before fleeing the scene, according to Cochran.
“It just points to how dangerous this is – some things that kids do,” Cochran said. “It’s a dangerous situation to involve yourself in, but at the same time, shooting into an occupied vehicle when they were clearly fleeing from your residence – and all they were doing was rolling your yard – is an overreaction to tremendous levels.”
According to Cochran, Raiford emptied a .380 pistol shooting toward the car, striking the vehicle’s bumper and tire. Five shell casings were recovered from the scene, none of which indicated he was shooting head-on, according to deputies.
Raiford called the sheriff’s office before catching up with the teens at a nearby service station. Armed with a Glock pistol, Raiford held them hostage at gunpoint until deputies arrived.
Cochran said Raiford only held them “for a few moments.”
No more charges are expected for Raiford, although he has the option of pressing charges against the teens for criminal littering, a “minor” misdemeanor, Cochran said.
Deputies said the teens knew a teen living in Raiford’s home through school, although they declined to give details on how they knew each other.
Booking records show Raiford was released around 6 a.m. today. He has a court date scheduled on Oct. 10.
If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison.