- The Washington Times - Monday, October 28, 2002

SALLISAW, Okla. (AP) A teenager apparently upset by complaints about his driving shot four neighbors, including a 2-year-old girl, then went on a 20-mile shooting spree, apparently targeting people at random, police said. Two of the victims died.
Daniel Fears, 18, was arrested after losing control of his pickup truck and crashing near a police roadblock, authorities said. As police cars surrounded him, he threw out a 20-gauge shotgun and surrendered, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Kym Koch said yesterday.
Authorities hadn't determined a motive for the rampage Saturday, but police said they believed Mr. Fears became angry when a neighbor scolded him for driving recklessly in the middle-class neighborhood.
"A man got onto him for driving erratically because he said he almost hit some kids," Miss Koch said.
Mr. Fears was to be arraigned today on two charges of first-degree murder, said Sequoyah County District Attorney Diane Barker-Harrold. She said prosecutors hadn't decided whether to seek the death penalty.
Mr. Fears was described as a polite student who worked part-time at a Wal-Mart store and lived with his mother in Sallisaw, a town of about 8,000 near the Oklahoma-Arkansas line.
On Saturday, after neighbor Greg Caughman complained to Mr. Fears about his driving, Mr. Fears broke into his father's house and stole a shotgun, police said.
Police say he then shot Mr. Caughman, who was in a nearby yard, hitting the man in the back and neck and wounding his 2-year-old daughter, who was sitting in a truck nearby. Both were hospitalized.
Mr. Fears, police said, then shot two other neighbors, Patsy and Elvie Wells. Mrs. Wells, hit in the face and leg, died. Her husband was hit in the chest and was hospitalized in fair condition yesterday.
Police said Mr. Fears then got into his pickup and headed east on U.S. Highway 64 to a car dealership, where customer Reba Spangler, 68, of Fort Smith, Ark., was killed and salesman Jim Nunn wounded. Authorities didn't know yesterday whether Mr. Fears had any connection to the dealership or the victims.
Authorities said Mr. Fears continued firing as he drove down the highway, wounding two persons at a roadside statuary store.

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