36-year-old Gregory Wallin-Reed, of Reno, Nevada, is facing eight felony counts, including murder, after he admitted to firing on a group of men during a car chase. According to reports, Wallin-Reed began to chase the six men, ages 19 and 20, after he found them outside his residence. The men fled in a car and Wallin-Reed followed them in a pickup truck. The men said Wallin-Reed was firing a gun while closely pursuing their car. One of the men reportedly removed his white t-shirt and waved it in an attempt to make Wallin-Reed stop shooting.
After being chased for about seven miles, the men turned down a side road and while trying to escape Wallin-Reed opened fired with an AR-15 assault rifle, striking the driver, 20-year-old Rory McGuire, in the head. McGuire later died of his injuries. Two other passengers in the car sustained gunshot wounds to their lower legs.
After the incident, Wallin-Reed returned home and called the police, saying that the men had stolen two solar lights from his property and that the men in the fleeing car had fired a shot at him. However, police have found no evidence that any of the men in the car were armed.
"If that was the scenario, the charges that have been filed in this case would have been entirely different," said the District Attorney. "But that scenario is not something that I have seen from the evidence."
Wallin-Reed has no prior criminal record and is reported to be a former Army Ranger. He was armed with a .380 handgun and an AR-15 assault rifle. Because the shooting occurred in California, where assault rifles are banned, he has also been charged with illegal possession of an assault weapon.
A sign at the end of Wallin-Reed's driveway reads:
YOU ARE ENTERING THE R.O.C.
This is a restricted area. Only Red Blooded Patriotic Christian Americans Are Authorized For Access Upon Approval And Verification Of Credentials By The Commanding Authority
The Use Of Deadly Force Is Authorized For Use On Those Found In Non-Compliance With Above