WOONSOCKET – Police are looking for a motorist who fired a handgun at the operator of another vehicle Sunday, causing the other driver to crash.
The alleged shooter was then involved in a crash with a third vehicle operated by the brother of the man he shot at, according to Detective Jamie Paone, spokeswoman for the Woonsocket Police Department.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Anthony LaCoste on multiple felony charges, said Paone.
LaCoste was driving a blue Jeep away from Executive Car Wash on Privilege Street when he fired a gun at a 1999 Honda operated by James Lambert Jr., causing Lambert to crash into a nearby utility pole, according to Paone.
The second crash involved LaCoste and Lambert’s brother, Christopher, who had been chasing LaCoste in a 2002 Dodge. LaCoste later fled the scene of the crash at Fairmount and River streets.
There were no reports of any injuries to anyone involved in the incident, but police found two bullet holes in James Lambert’s car, Paone said.
Paone said LaCoste and the Lamberts are known to each other and have been involved in a long-running feud.
“It sounds like there’s bad blood between them,” he said. “We don’t know what it’s about but it appears it’s been ongoing for some time.”
Sunday’s violent flareup began when police investigated a report of shots fired on Pond Street at 3:38 p.m., she said.
“After a verbal argument all three vehicles left the car wash,” police said in a press release. “LaCoste brandished a handgun and started to shoot at James Lambert Jr.’s vehicle while driving on Pond Sreet causing James Lambert Jr. to strike the telephone pole. Christopher Lambert gave chase to LaCoste’s vehicle where they were involved in the motor vehicle (crash) at River Street and Fairmount Street.”
Lacoste is 21 years old and has sandy-colored hair and blue eyes. He is a Woonsocket resident with a last known address on Church Street, but apparently hasn’t resided there for some time.
Anyone with information about his whereabouts is urged to contact the Woonsocket police at 401-766-1212. Callers may also use the anonymous tip line, 401-769-4444.