Thursday, October 7, 2004
Las Vegas A former place-kicker for the Oakland Raiders is being sought in a drive-by shooting at the home of entertainers Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn, police said Wednesday.
Cole Murdoch Ford, 31, whose three-year NFL career ended after he missed crucial kicks during the 1997 season, was named in a felony warrant stemming from the Sept. 21 shooting, Sgt. Chris Jones said.
Police identified Ford as the owner of a white minivan from which shots were fired at the compound owned by the illusionists known as Siegfried & Roy. No one was hurt, but police said shotgun pellets shattered windows and left a hole in a wall.
Police have not said whether the two men were home at the time.
Jones said police considered Ford armed and dangerous, and said he might be living in a hotel or camping in southern Nevada or nearby states.
Ford faces six felony warrant charges of discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle and two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon.
Initially, the case was labeled a hate crime after a witness told police the gunman shouted that the entertainers should get out of the country. Later police said it was not bias-related.
Horn and friends celebrated his 60th birthday on Sunday -- a year to the day after a near-fatal tiger mauling left Horn partially paralyzed and forced the long-running Siegfried & Roy show to close.
Ford was drafted out of the University of Southern California in 1995 by the Pittsburgh Steelers but was released before the season began. He signed with the Raiders and remained on the team for three seasons before being cut.