Four Marines based at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms were arrested on suspicion of "negligent discharge of firearm likely to cause injury/death" during an incident early Sunday at the Break-N-Run bar in Twentynine Palms.
San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputies responded around 1:30 a.m. Sunday to a fight involving multiple people at the bar. En route, deputies received information that the suspects got into a newer model silver 4-door Nissan. As they were leaving, one of the occupants in the Nissan held a handgun out the window and fired four to five rounds into the air as they exited the parking lot, the sheriff's department reported. Many business patrons and some employees were in the parking lot during the shooting.
Deputy Jared Dominick reported seeing a vehicle matching the suspected sedan traveling east on Twentynine Palms Highway before turning into a Denny's restaurant. Dominick conducted a felony traffic enforcement stop on the car, which was occupied by four male suspects. Additional deputies arrived on scene and all four men were directed out of the vehicle and detained pending further investigation.
Two semiautomatic handguns were located in the passenger areas of the vehicle and additional evidence at the scene, the agency said. Passenger Michael Jolly II, 25, was arrested on suspicion of negligent discharge of a firearm; driver Richard Harris, 26, and the two other passengers, Corderous Mahone, 26, and Craig Chapman, 24, were arrested on suspicion of being accessories to a felony.
All four men were booked into the Morongo Basin Jail. Jolly was booked in lieu of $50,000 bail; Harris, Mahone and Chapman were booked in lieu of $25,000 bail.
Jolly and Mahone are scheduled to appear in Morongo Superior Court at 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday.
Harris and Chapman were released on bail; as of Sunday afternoon, no court date had been set for them.
Anyone with information about the incident can contact Deputy Jared Dominick or Sgt. Steve Wilson at the Morongo Basin Station, (760) 366-4175. Refer to case no. 201601679
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