Valley Resident Shoots At Pot Growers & They Fire Back!
SQUAW VALLEY, Calif. (KMPH) —
A Squaw Valley man and his family are terrified to go back to home after they say several marijuana growers opened fire at them.
The family says the shooting took place Monday night on their property along Clear View Lane in the foothills of eastern Fresno County.
A home, Brian Griffith says is sandwiched between four marijuana groves.
Griffith, his pregnant wife and kids are currently staying in a valley hotel.
Brain Griffith says, "As soon as the Sheriff's leave, it's like living in a third world country. You hear people threaten you, you know, our dogs bark and I'm thinking it's them."
Griffith says Monday night, three guys armed with guns started taunting and threatening him. Griffith says he ran inside and grabbed the only defense he had a pellet gun.
Griffith says, "I tell my wife go call 9-1-1 right now. As she leaves, it clicks on the security light. They think we all left. My daughter and I are waiting. She sees someone reach over and try to turn off the light. I fired at them with my pellet gun, that's all I had. Then four shots came back at me. Two of them hit the tree behind me. I had to put my baby in the bed of the truck, as she's ducking, what am I supposed to do."
Deputies came out to investigate.
A Fresno County Sheriff spokesperson told KMPH News, "Griffith told deputies, he saw one of the men with a gun. However, he never said a shooting took place. Deputies did find a squatter on the property, living near a marijuana grove. The information was turned over to the narcotics unit."
Either way, people living in Squaw Valley say these types of shootings will become more common.
There are more than 70 marijuana farms in the area and neighbors say they are sick of it.
A concerned neighbor says, "There's a big grow right next to us and we hear gunfire at night, sometimes at 3 o'clock in the morning."
Last week, KMPH News brought you the story about a group of people who said, something needs to be done now, or their way of life will change forever.
Griffith says, "How am I going to go back and lay my head down, when less than 100 yards away is someone who tried to kill me last night."
Griffith says he and his family are planning to sell the property and move.