The nephew and uncle say it all started when two men passing by started arguing with them through a window. They say it escalated from a few words to an all out brawl that could have been deadly. “He hit me right here with the gun,” Mike Riley said. “His little buddy was behind me hitting me with a pan. It was chaos.”
Riley says two men who live in the same apartment complex started an argument through the window then crawled inside to brawl. “I've got a broken hand, hole through my lip, staples in my head,” Riley said. “I've never had any problems with that guy but they were drunk.”
Riley’s nephew, Brad Lee, says one of the men threatened them with a .22 caliber gun. “He told me to hand over my phone so I gave him my phone and then he pulled the trigger three times, really slow,” Lee said.
“My girlfriend went to the bathroom to call 911 and he followed her and kicked the door in,” Riley said. “I went after him and he pointed the gun at me to my stomach and it clicked again. Either that gun ain't got no bullets or that gun ain't no good.” Riley says he decided to try and wrestle the gun away.
By the time police arrived the two suspects ran from the scene. “He was going room to room with that gun like he didn't have a problem pulling that trigger,” Riley said. “The guy with the gun has got to go to jail or one day he is going to have bullets.”
Springfield police say they have identified two possible suspects. They will submit the case to prosecutors who will decide if they will file charges.