An Olympia teen is suspected of firing shots outside an Olympia fire station late Wednesday night in an effort to impress a girl.
Olympia police arrested Cameron J. Waugh, 18, who appeared in Thurston County Superior Court on Thursday. Judge Mary Sue Wilson found probable cause for two charges: drive-by shooting and driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor.
She set bail at $1,000. Public Defender Christian Cabrerra said Waugh is a student at a local high school. He has prior convictions of minor in possesion of alcohol, but no felony history.
An Olympia firefighter called 911 at about 11 p.m. Wednesday and reported that he heard what sounded like gunshots outside of the department’s Station 2 at 330 Kenyon St. NW. He reported seeing a white car leaving the area, according to court documents.
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He said no firefighters at the station were injured.
Officers found several bullet casings in the area, according to court documents. Some were found less than 50 feet from the station, and others were found less than 50 feet from a densely populated apartment complex.
An officer reported seeing a possible suspect vehicle driving north on Kenyon Street. Another officer stopped the car, a 1993 Mercury Cougar, on Harrison Avenue.
The officer told the vehicle’s four occupants that the car looked like one used in a recent drive-by shooting. The driver, later identified as Waugh, reportedly yelled back, “I can’t (expletive) hear you because my windshield wipers are on,” according to court documents. When the officer asked him to step out of the car, Waugh reportedly said he would have to “crawl out the (expletive) window.”
Waugh crawled out of the window and began walking toward the officers. His pants fell to his ankles, and he became angry.
Waugh smelled strongly of intoxicants, officers reported. He was arrested.
A female passenger reported that Waugh had been drinking a 40-ounce bottle of beer while driving around. She said he was acting weird, and she believed he might be high, according to court documents.
The three passengers reported that Waugh fired a gun from the car window in multiple Olympia locations, including near Capital Mall and the fire station. The female passenger said he was firing randomly, shooting all over the place, according to court documents.
Officers found a gun in one of the car’s seat pockets, and a box of bullets. They found another bullet in the driver’s front pocket, according to court documents. Waugh provided two breath samples with blood alcohol contents of .096 and .093. The legal limit for driving is .08.
He reportedly told police he shot the gun. “I was trying to impress that (slur) who kept telling me to shoot the gun,” he told officers.