VANCOUVER - Kristi Main will be the first to tell you the Fourth of July is one of her favorite holidays.
She and her 8-year-old son were getting ready for the big day by lighting fireworks late Sunday night, but a neighbor took exception.
He rounded the corner here with a gun held at his side, said Main. He made the comment, 'If you want to blow stuff up, I'll blow you up.'
She said the neighbor, later identified as Corey Moulton, 43, fired his shotgun at least three times. Other neighbors called 911 about the gunfire just before 11 p.m.
Two of them saw Moulton approach the house with the shotgun, fire the three rounds and turn back to his house. Fearing they might be shot, the two ducked behind their car, according a police report.
It was terrifying, said Main. My son was hysterical.
It scares the heck out of me because they both could be dead, said JackMain, Kristi's father.
Jack Main was not home when the gunfire erupted, but he knows where Kristi lights the fireworks and he knows where the bullets ended up. It was a close call.
He could've called the police, said Jack. Nothing. Just came over and started to shoot.
According to the police report, Moulton told investigators he fired his gun as a show of force because he was upset about the fireworks.
It sounds very illogical, said Jack Main.
The Main family cannot believe that something as innocent as fireworks could drive someone over the edge. They are not sure how many, if any, fireworks they will light come Thursday.
It's not fair for children to be instilled with fear like that at a time that is supposed to be fun, Kristi said.
Moulton was being held on $200,000 bail. He was accused of two counts of first-degree assault. In the report, he told police he wished to display a show of force. He said he fired his shotgun down into bushes.