GREGG COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - A Gregg County man was in the wrong place at precisely the wrong time early Monday morning. KLTV talks with the man who was sitting in a vehicle when his vehicle was fired on multiple times.
David Quinalty had just pulled up to a gas pump at a convenience store at Highways 271 and 300 in Gilmer and was about to grab a cup of coffee.
“I had my hand on the door handle and this guy comes out and just starts unloading on me with bullets,” Quinalty said.
He says when shots hit his windshield he laid down on the seat and put his head under the passenger dashboard.
“And that’s where I stayed until he worked his way from the front around to the side and he blew the back windows out. I had the door open just like it is now; asked him what was wrong with him and he said he was having a bad day. And I said you have to kill me?” Quinalty said.
Quinalty says his answer was:
“He fired again; fired through the door again over here and he went to reload his clip,” Quinalty said.
Quinalty says he took advantage of the moment.
“And I was able to get around the door and get in front of a column, luckily somehow never hit. I was lucky, very lucky,” Quinalty said.
And he points out that he had:
“No way to defend myself. Didn’t have a permit so I can’t carry a gun. Don’t even own one really,” Quinalty said.
He said the shooter stopped firing but before he walked back towards his truck:
“The man made me say his name for some reason I don’t know why. He wanted to be known that he was the one who did this. And that was that,” Quinalty said.
Quinalty is a mechanic by trade.
“This is not even my car, that’s the bad part about it. It’s a customer’s car,” Quinalty said.
He says he was giving it a late test drive before he called the customer to tell her it was ready. Now, it’s not but:
“I’ll just do what I gotta do and put my money out. Wasn’t her fault, wasn’t my fault but it wasn’t her fault either and you know she’s gotta have a vehicle to drive. That’s the whole idea of fixing her car for her, you know?” Quinalty said.
Quinalty believes all the metal under the hood is what saved him. He says the car has a whole new set of problems now and the owner only carried liability insurance. The man accused of doing the shooting, Craig Harwart suffered gunshot wounds when he was taken down after allegedly firing on law enforcement officers. He remains in a Longview Hospital under guard and a $250,000 bond. Harwart is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on a public servant.
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