Franklin Laine Tomes, 59, allegedly has a unique way to convincing neighbors to stop making noise . . . he fires a dozen rounds from his AK-47. Tomes is now under arrest in Oregon for the incident at an apartment complex in Portland, Oregon. He allegedly hit two men as they fled and then barricaded himself in his apartment until finally surrendering to SWAT officers. Tomes had previously complained about the kids of one of the victims making too much noise.
CBS affiliate KOIN described a noise dispute between Franklin Laine Tomes and upstairs neighbors that culminated in the parking lot. He allegedly grabbed his rifle from his car and loaded it. Witnesses said that the pointed the gun at them but did not fire. After returning to his car, Tomes later grabbed the gun again and fired at least a dozen rapid fire rounds at two individuals as they ran away. Jose Gaeta, 20, and Tristan Smith, 20, were later hospitalized with gunshot wounds.
Gaeta was hit three times, including a round in each leg. Smith was hit in the shoulder. Other rounds entered Smith’s apartment.
Tomes has been charged with two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of pointing a firearm at another, unlawful use of a weapon, four counts of reckless endangering and two counts of attempted murder.