Arrest made in DeKalb road-rage shooting; man killed in front of 3-year-old

Credit: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office

Credit: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office

A man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a deadly road-rage shooting in DeKalb County that also injured a 3-year-old girl.

Eric Simmons, 59, is facing charges of malice murder and aggravated assault in the incident Monday that killed 25-year-old Darryl Wiley, DeKalb police spokesman Lt. Shane Smith said. It was shortly before 1 p.m. when officers were called to a parking lot in the 2500 block of Gresham Road after shots were fired.

Wiley was found with several gunshot wounds, police said. He was taken to a hospital, where he died.

The child was found inside Wiley’s vehicle with a small cut from flying glass and was taken to a hospital, Smith said. Authorities did not say if Wiley was related to the child. Footage from the scene showed officers carrying a car seat next to an SUV with shattered windows, Channel 2 Action News reported.

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According to police, a road-rage incident on I-20 prompted Wiley to exit the interstate and drive into the parking lot. Simmons followed the victim, eventually exiting his vehicle and firing at Wiley’s vehicle several times, police said. The suspected shooter then fled the scene.

Simmons remains in the DeKalb jail without bond. In addition to the shooting charges, the Decatur man is being held on an outstanding charge of hit-and-run related to a January incident, online jail records show.