Shotgun blasts won’t stop investigation
By 10/26/2000 00:00:00
Ellis County Press Managing Editor
RED OAK - Like in a terrifying movie scene, shotgun-wielding thugs stalked Lyn Summers through his warehouse.
Blasting one soft-drink machine after another, the intruders first chased the racecar owner and driver deep into the MLS Vending warehouse at 1255 Narrow Lane in Red Oak last Thursday night.
'They saw me at the back and started closing in,' Summers told the Ellis County Press, 'so I ran back up the side (of the warehouse) to near the front and crawled inside one of the (vending) machines. They couldn't find me and finally left.'
The assailants fired an estimated 30 shotgun shells during the attack, many squarely through Summers' numerous vending machines at point-blank range to cause intimidating damage.
To drive their point home, shots rang out again Friday afternoon when Summers drove up to the warehouse. 'It sounded like a rifle as well as a shotgun,' he told Ellis County Sheriff's Department investigators. 'I heard my pickup get peppered (with buckshot).'
One bullet went for Summers through the walls of the Mustang Shop next door to MLS Vending, but nobody inside was hurt.
Summers said it's easy to understand the two attempts on his life.
'They're trying to tell me to stop my investigation,' he said. 'They were trying to intimidate me. They want to shut me up, but it's not going to work.'
Summers is gathering evidence on area corruption that includes fraudulent documents, health care fraud and illegal drugs. He claims to already have 'stacks' of material ready for authorities.
Summers operates Summers Motorsport in association with the Ferris Police Racing Team to race 'the world's fastest street legal police car.' The effort is co-sponsored by Young Chevrolet.
'They're hitting me with their best shot,' he said of the gunmen and those who sent them. 'They don't want me to succeed. It's a shame there's so much jealousy in the world that people will go to any length to see someone not be able to do the right thing in life.'
Summers said he would have more to report on his investigation after speaking with his attorney.