18 year-old Maurice M. Eppenger-Jones, who prosecutors say has ties to the Rolling 60s Neighborhood Crips, a notorious street gang that originated on the West Side of South Los Angeles, California, is being accused of opening fire at a house party.
The incident happen in a residential area of Vancouver in the Clark County, at a residence in the 12100 block of Northeast Second Street in the Fircrest neighborhood. Where Maurice Jones, got into an argument with a woman at the party, after she called him a derogatory term.
The exact derogatory term is unclear, but Jones became enraged after being asked to leave by the host of the house party. However, the situation to take a turn for the worse, the suspect shouted “this is Six O” before opening fire with a Smith & Wesson (handgun).
The suspect was pursued by a group of partygoers, after fleeing on feet. Detectives, found two bullet holes in the garage door of the residence, along with shell casings at the scene. They recovered a stolen .22-caliber Smith & Wesson with scratches over the serial number.
The Clark County prosecutors, believe the shooting is gang related and described the suspect as an ex-con, with a long criminal rap-sheet. He appeared in court suspicion of first-degree assault, unlawful possession of a stolen firearm, altering marks on a pistol, his bail was set at $200,000 and is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges Aug. 28.
Investigators found nine spent .22-caliber shell casings in the street near the residence and examined the gun taken by the witness. The gun is a stolen .22-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun with scratches over the serial number, according to court records. Investigators also found two bullet holes in the garage door of the residence.