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POSTED: November 11, 2008 5:00 a.m.
A shooting that occurred in the north end of the county has the Long County Sheriff’s Department looking for any leads regarding the incident. One victims has refused to cooperate with investigators.
According to LCSD Chief Deputy Robert Berry, between 5 and 5:30 p.m. Oct. 18, a witness said a group of Hispanic males fired several shots at two parked vehicles.
According to Samantha Yarbrough, 37, she and a friend, Natasha Esquivel, 19, were parked at the intersection of Joe Kennedy  and Richard Blocker roads talking to four males in a silver Chevrolet truck.
A blue Ford Expedition, a red Dodge truck and a third vehicle described as a small red car pulled up next to the truck containing the four men, later identified as Brandon Christianson, 21, Ryan Christianson, 17, Gustavo Garcia, 22, and Richard Blocker, 33.
According to Yarbrough, as the women and the men were talking, several men got out of the Expedition, the Dodge and the small red car and began firing shots at the Chevrolet.
According to Berry, the truck was struck with four shots — one in the tailgate, one in the rear window, one in the driver’s side door and one in the driver’s side front wheel.
Berry said he and Deputy Craig Nobles arrived at the intersection and found five spent 22-caliber shells.
According to Berry, the four men who were shot at said that they didn’t know why they’d been fired on.
However, a sheriff’s department detective later said one of the victims knows who the gunmen are and refuses to cooperate with the sheriff’s department.
Information regarding this incident should be reported to the LCSD: 545-2118.
 

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