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Deputies: Gunmen form human chain to block road

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James Evans (left) and his grandson show the bullet holes left behind in Evans' van. (July 23, 2012/FOX Carolina) James Evans (left) and his grandson show the bullet holes left behind in Evans' van. (July 23, 2012/FOX Carolina)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Spartanburg County deputies said they are looking for three men who a driver said formed a human chain, blocked a road and fired at a van that refused to stop for them Saturday night.

James Evans said he and his 8-year-old grandson were driving home on Powell Mill Road after watching a race in Chesnee. He said that about a half-mile from his home, three men, dressed in dark clothes, tried to block the road.

"When I (saw) them and (saw) the hoodie, I said, 'They are going to kill us,'" Evans said. "So, I stomped the gas. I said, 'Well, surely they'll move,' but they didn't move."

Evans said that at the last second the men jumped out of the way. He said that was when the trio opened fire as he drove past.

"I was see-sawing the wheel to keep them from hitting me," Evans said. "It was boom! Boom! Boom!"

SLIDESHOW: Van riddled with bullets after shooting

Evans said the side of his van was riddled with bullet holes, and one shot shattered a taillight and another flattened a tire. Deputies said they found several .22 caliber shell casings where Evans said the shooting happened, but there was no sign of the men.

Evans and his grandson were unharmed. He said he hopes deputies find the three men because if the group is willing to shoot at a man and child, there is no limit to what they'll do.

"They're going to hurt somebody or kill somebody," Evans said. "I think it's a shame you can't go (anywhere) without being shot at or beat up."

Anyone with information about the shooting was asked to call Crime Stoppers at 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372).

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