SIMI VALLEY, Calif. – A man annoyed by a noisy car alarm fired at least three bullets into a Toyota Camry, silencing the alarm and bringing out police who hauled him away in handcuffs, authorities said.
David Owen Rye, 48, was arrested and booked for investigation of reckless discharge of a firearm and felony vandalism, Sgt. John Adamczyk said. Rye allegedly told officers he grabbed his handgun and went out to put a stop to the car alarm.
The owner of the Camry, a sailor whose ship the USS Theodore Roosevelt (search) just returned from an eight-month cruise, was visiting a friend when he heard the gunfire at about 10 p.m. Tuesday, KCAL-TV reported.
"I mean, that's not a safe guy. I mean, you get upset over an alarm, over a noise like that, [then] there's some little kids making too much noise and he decides to do something awful," sailor Nicholas Moreno, 25, said.
Police were called to the Yosemite Avenue apartment building and Rye was ordered out of his apartment by an officer with a bullhorn. A Los Angeles Police Department (search) helicopter also responded and Rye was arrested.
Neighbor Ken Davis said he heard gunshots and looked outside to see Rye holding a gun.
"It was little scary," Davis said. "I didn't know what kind of mood he was in. I didn't want to say anything to him."