Facebook friend helps catch man suspected of shooting random vehicles
OLDHAM COUNTY, KY (WAVE) - An Oldham County man is accused of driving around and shooting at random cars for hours.
On Tuesday night, the Oldham County Police Department kept getting calls as they desperately tried to track down the man behind the gun.
Police believe there were at least five scenes throughout Oldham and Jefferson counties.
Norman Dick IV, 35, is charged with five counts of attempted murder.
Police believe he rolled down his driver's side window and used his mirror as a prop for his riffle.
"We're very lucky that we don't have five fatalities," Oldham County Police Sgt. James Brown said.
It was a tense night for Oldham County Police Tuesday after getting a call just after 7 p.m. that a car driving near the intersection of Highway 53 and Highway 22 was hit by gunfire.
"While we were responding to that, we received a second call on Highway 393 right at I-71 that their car had been shot at as well," Brown said.
Both back windows were shattered. In the second case, an adult and child suffered minor injuries from glass and fragments.
Police knew they had to act fast. The third call came in from I-71 south near the Oldham, Jefferson County line.
Officers learned they were looking for a red car.
Wednesday morning, a bullet was discovered in home near the first shooting. Tim Butrum lives right at the intersection.
"I heard what sounded like a limb hitting the roof of my house," Butrum said. "It's unbelievable because it's something that you don't hear in this area."
He was watching election results at the time and didn't know there was a shooting until Wednesday morning.
"I'm going to inspect my roof and see if I have a bullet hole," he said.
Two more shootings were also reported in Louisville - one on the Gene Snyder Freeway near the Westport Road exit, and the other on Westport Road at Hurstbourne Parkway.
"Obviously, anyone that is shooting at vehicles, that is a grave concern for us," Brown said.
Investigators finally got the call they needed from a concerned Facebook user, who police said read questionable posts on Dick's page. Police said the caller was able to get Dick on the phone while officers listened and he admitted to being involved.
"There's no connection between him and the three vehicles that he shot at and there's no connection between the three vehicles that were shot at, so it's a totally random incident," Brown said.
Police tracked Dick to a downtown Louisville strip club where he was arrested.
"We were able to take him into custody with a vehicle that matched that description, a red Ford Taurus and recover what we believed the firearm used," Brown said.
Dick will appear in court on Monday and is facing additional charges in Oldham and Jefferson counties. He remains in the Oldham County jail.
Butrum hopes his quiet street can sleep easy again.
"I just hope that he stays behind bars for a while," he said.
WAVE 3 News reached out to Dick for an interview, he agreed, but changed his mind.
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