A C3 Corvette and its owner, a veteran battling PTSD, were the innocent victims of a shootout involving an attempted murder suspect and law enforcement in Colville, Washington.
Kevin Hennigan of Colville says he planned to visit the VA for help with his post-traumatic stress syndrome on Wednesday morning, but during the middle of the night before, shots suddenly rang out near his house.
Lawmen were looking for Richard Hawley for attempted murder in Ferry County. Now he remains on the run for the same charge after he allegedly fired his gun at a Stevens County lawman trying to stop him.
During the exchange of gunfire, a C3 Corvette that had belonged to Hennigan’s mother was an unintended victim.
“As soon as I heard the rounds hitting, I knew that wow, something ain’t right. I got up and I walked out here and I had bullet holes in the back of my car exiting the back windshield of my car,” said Hennigan. “Just devastated this was my mother’s car. And I’ve tried to take care of it. Oh, it just makes me sick.”
Hennigan says he had just gone to bed when the shooting occurred.
“No sooner than I had laid my head down on the pillow, I had taken my hearing aids out and I heard this ‘thump, thump, thump, thump.’ And what it reminded me of was being on one side of a sandbag and hearing rounds hit a sandbag. I think a lot of veterans can understand what that sounds like, especially if you were in the infantry,” Hennigan said.
Wednesday morning, caution tape blocked the alley behind Hennigan’s house, and instead of visiting the VA as planned, Henningan was busy with law enforcement interviews and checking with his insurance company about the damage to his Corvette.
Let’s hope he gets help for his PTSD, but the incident obviously left him upset in the hours after the shooting.
“I’m wired. I’m wired. I can’t sleep. I’ve been up since that happened. And it’s been a few hours now. It just made me sick,” he said.
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