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Vancouver man accused of shooting at trio after fight over money

By , Columbian staff reporter

A Vancouver man is accused of shooting toward a group of people as they drove away after fighting with them over money Saturday night in the Kevanna Park neighborhood.

Robert Rojas Rojas, 26, appeared Tuesday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of first-degree assault. His bail was set at $100,000, and he is scheduled to be arraigned July 1.

Vancouver police responded at 7:56 p.m. to 11114 N.E. 48th Circle for reports of a disturbance with a weapon. A woman called 911 to report a fight but then the call ended. Then, a neighbor called and reported seeing Rojas run out of his apartment with an “AR-style rifle” and shoot at a car with three people inside, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Police arrested Rojas less than a block away during a traffic stop, court records state.

Investigators said the trio came to Rojas’ apartment that afternoon, and two of them began arguing with Rojas over money, according to the affidavit. Rojas retrieved a rifle from his bedroom, and a woman in the group reported seeing him load a round into the chamber before saying, “No one is leaving this (expletive) house until I get my money back,” the affidavit states.

Police said Rojas also put the barrel of the gun to the face of one of the men.

Rojas then returned the gun to his bedroom before he began fist-fighting with the man. Both of them suffered minor injuries, court records state.

Rojas retrieved the gun again, the affidavit states, and the three people ran from the apartment and got back into their car.

The neighbor saw Rojas follow them out of the apartment, point the gun in their direction and fire one shot, court records state.