Man shot in head drives for help

June 2, 2010 10:29:56 AM PDT
Orange County authorities made an arrest Wednesday in a shooting that injured a former double murder suspect.

The shooting happened at a home on Hayes Drive around 6 a.m. A neighbor called authorities to report hearing gunshots.

Deputies said the victim, 46-year-old Robert "Peanut" Gattis, was shot in the head while sitting in his car. Gattis then went to his girlfriend's cousin's house for help.

"They shot at him while he was in the car," neighbor Chris Hilton told ABC11 Eyewitness News. "That's what we're being told. Like I said, I just woke up to it."

Durante "Big Mac" Davis, 33, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. Authorities say the shooting took place outside Davis' home. Deputies arrested him about a mile away.

Hilton says he knows Davis.

"I've been close friends with him," Hilton said. "I've always seen him as a pretty cool dude."

When asked did Gattis and Davis have a problem with one another, Hilton said, "Maybe in the past. I guess they never liked each other."

Hilton said after Gattis knocked on his door, he drove himself away from the scene - despite having two head wounds. He made it to a friend's house and EMS transported him to the hospital.

"We got word that he may lose an eye, something like that," Hilton said. "He's got some pellet holes through his eye."

Hilton says he and his mother have had enough of living in the area and want to relocate.

In May 2003, Gattis was acquitted of first-degree murder in the murder of two men during an Orange County poker game in March 2002.

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