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LMPD: Man arrested after stealing car, 'shooting at random citizens'

Louisville Metro Police said no one was injured after a series of shootings and a carjacking Thursday night.

PROSPECT, Ky. — A Louisville man is facing several charges after stealing a car and shooting into multiple vehicle and homes near Norton Commons Thursday night.

According to an arrest citation, 28-year-old Jonathan Lawson entered Cloud 9 Smoke Shop on Fischer Park Drive at around 9 p.m. and demanded everyone lay on the ground and not move "or he was going to kill them." He proceeded to take a person's keys and steal their Range Rover.

Police said Lawson then drove on a suspended license to a house on Tazwell Drive, near Chancey Elementary School. LMPD said Lawson fired two rounds into the house, nearly striking someone in the kitchen.

Just a few minutes later, another homeowner said a person matching Lawson's description drove to their residence on Loudon Trace and fired into the home. Three people were inside the house when Lawson allegedly fired two rounds, damaging a window, two walls and the ceiling.

According to his arrest citation, several other reports were filed in the same area with the same suspect description. Police said Lawson "was driving around the area shooting at random citizens."

Lawson alleged fired shots at a person living on Kings Crown Drive who went outside to investigate why he was trying to enter their vehicle.

One driver told police he was driving through a parking lot near Kings Crown Drive when he heard a loud sound outside, spotting a bullet hole on the back of his vehicle. When he left the parking lot and began driving, he said Lawson rammed his vehicle.

Once the witness got out of the car to assess damage, he saw Lawson load a magazine into a pistol. The witness said he left the scene in fear of his life.

Two other victims reported that someone in an SUV shot their cars, causing more than $1,000 worth of damage to each vehicle.

Police arrested Lawson on the eighth green of Sleepy Hollow Golf Course in Prospect. The course's owner said Lawson drove onto the course and was placed into custody after a nearly three-hour 'stand-off' with responding officers.

Lawson plead not guilty to First Degree Robbery, Theft charges. He is currently being held on a $100,000 bond. 

He is expected back in court June 28.

Louisville Metro Police Department's investigation into the matter remains ongoing. LMPD is attempting to identify potential victims, if anyone witnessed or was a victim please call the tip line at 574-LMPD.

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