Las Vegas police are looking for former NFL kicker Cole Murdoch Ford in the shooting

By Stephen M. Silverman
October 07, 2004 08:30 AM

Police are looking for a former Oakland Raiders place-kicker as part of their investigation into a Sept. 21 drive-by shooting at the Las Vegas home of Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn.

Cole Murdoch Ford, 31, whose three-year NFL career ended after several crucial missed kicks during the 1997 season, was named in a felony warrant stemming from the shooting, Sgt. Chris Jones tells the Associated Press.

“We have not found him,” Jones said, adding that authorities consider Ford armed and dangerous and that he might be living in a low-budget hotel or camping in southern Nevada or nearby states.

Ford reportedly faces six felony warrant charges of discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle and two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

As was reported earlier this week, a gunman opened fire on the home of the entertainers, shouting that they should get out of the country. Authorities initially labeled the drive-by shooting as a hate crime but later said a patrol officer had misclassified the case.

According to a police report, a gardener who witnessed the incident said he saw the gunman driving the van as it cruised twice past the compound about 6:15 p.m. on Sept. 21. Police spokesman Jose Montoya said shotgun pellets smashed two windows and left a 12-in. hole in the house.

No injuries were reported, but it is still not known whether anyone was in the house at the time of the shooting, which police only announced this past Monday – a day after Horn had an at-home celebration with friends to mark his 60th birthday.

Sunday was also the one-year anniversary of his near-fatal tiger encounter that left him partially paralyzed and shuttered for good the long-running Siegfried & Roy show.