About noon, Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to the 2200 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in reference to shots fired, according to an incident report.
When deputies arrived, several black males fled on foot and scaled a fence behind the site. Deputies attempted to follow them but were unable to locate them in the wooded area.
Deputies found a gray Nissan Altima at the scene, which had been driven there by Joseph Evans, 26.
Evans told police he was borrowing the car from a friend and had been called to the scene by one of the men who fled. When he arrived, the man brandished the weapon, shot a round into the air and demanded Evans give him money and the keys to the car.
Evans handed the man $50 and the keys, and when deputies arrived, everyone fled. Evans told police the man was angry because he believed Evans stole drugs from him, according to the report.
After searching the area, deputies found the keys to the car and a Smith & Wesson M&P-15 with 15 .223-caliber bullets in the magazine.
Police contacted the car’s owner, and they believe the car was traded for drugs.