A bar brawl in North Fork last week escalated into gunshots and injuries, witnesses and the Madera County Sheriff’s Office said.
Late Friday night, deputies rushed to the Buckhorn Saloon and Restaurant after reported gunshots.
Lt. Bill Ward said an argument within the bar moved outside into the parking lot before a fight broke out, followed by a man later identified as Ray Coleman, 22, allegedly pulling a gun.
Ward said up to six shots were fired during the fight. He said because multiple witnesses refused to give statements to authorities, it was difficult to confirm whether Coleman allegedly fired at others or into the air.
No one was shot during the brawl, Ward said, but several reportedly suffered minor injuries. He said they all refused medical care when Sierra Ambulance arrived.
At least one witness said as the fight got out of control, staff at the saloon locked the door to prevent the brawlers, around four men and two women, from coming back inside.
“Someone came running in and said (Coleman) had a gun, so they grabbed a shotgun to go back out there,” the witness said. “People were fighting, one woman pepper sprayed the hell out of a guy, it was nuts.”
The witness added that Coleman turned the gun on others.
“He’s been a troublemaker since he was 14,” the witness said of Coleman. “We were watching the fight, and he shot at them.”
Coleman turned himself in to authorities Saturday and was booked into Madera County Jail on charges including discharging a firearm and assault with a deadly weapon.
At least two others, including Coleman, fled the bar before deputies arrived, Ward said. Coleman will likely remain the only person arrested for the incident, he added.
“I’m glad no one was injured during this melee, especially with this extremely reckless use of a firearm,” Sheriff Jay Varney said.
Madera County Sheriff’s Office