A Medford man jumped into the back of a car Wednesday night in Ashland and hit the driver over the head with a gun, in the city's first case of an assault with a gun this year, police said.

A Medford man jumped into the back of a car Wednesday night in Ashland and hit the driver over the head with a gun, in the city's first case of an assault with a gun this year, police said.

At about 8 p.m. Clarence Carr, 27, and a woman, whose name has not been released, climbed into the backseat of a stopped car on the 2200 block on McCall Drive, said Ashland Police Chief Terry Holderness.

The four people already inside the car, who were acquaintances of Carr's, were preparing to take a drive, Holderness said.

Two of the people inside the car immediately exited, and Carr proceeded to hit the driver on the head with the butt of a gun, creating a gash in the driver's head, Holderness said. The driver did not appear to be seriously injured, he said.

The driver and the other victim then got out of the car and "as they were running away, Carr reportedly fired the gun, possibly in their direction," the police report states.

Carr and the woman he was with sped off in another car, a black Mercedes. Medford police officers located the Mercedes later that night and began to pursue it, but the chase was later called off for safety reasons, according to Holderness.

As of this morning police have not located Carr, who already had a warrant out for his arrest for violating parole, prior to Wednesday's incident, Holderness said.

Such incidents are rare Ashland, a city that typically sees only a handful of assault cases that involve weapons — and very few involving guns — each year, he said. Last year, the department had eight assault cases involving weapons.

"It's very unusual to have an incident in Ashland involving firearms," Holderness said. "Assaults with firearms are very unusual."

The investigation into the Wednesday night incident is ongoing.

Anyone with information on the case or on Carr's whereabouts can call the Ashland Police Department at 482-5211.

Contact staff writer Hannah Guzik at 482-3456 ext. 226 or hguzik@dailytidings.com.