Road shootings still a deadly, dangerous trend in 2022

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Many incidents are attributed to road rage. One driver gets mad at another and pulls out a gun.

Other times, prior disputes continue when those involved get behind the wheel, according to police.

Metro Atlanta and north Georgia law enforcement agencies are investigating several shootings on area interstates and roadways:

June 30: A 61-year-old Acworth man, Wade McEwan, allegedly fired 14 rounds at another driver during a road rage incident, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said. Jason Daxon, 25, was seriously injured in the shooting, investigators said. McEwan was charged with aggravated assault, reckless conduct and reckless driving.

May 20: A man followed an alleged road rage shooter home after he was shot at while driving, Atlanta police said. The man was then shot at again when they arrived at the alleged shooter’s residence.

The incident began when the unidentified man attempted to merge while driving his red Mustang near Greenbriar Parkway. The alleged shooter, identified as Quincey Adam Rogers, told police he was cut off and proceeded to point his gun at the driver as he passed the other man’s vehicle. Rogers was later arrested.

May 8: A 29-year-old man was arrested after shooting a man during a suspected road rage incident, according to Brookhaven police. The alleged shooter, whose name was not released, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.

May 1: A woman, identified as 30-year-old Brittney Griffith, had allegedly been traveling east on I-20 with her three children while following another vehicle from Villa Rica when some sort of road rage incident took place, according to Douglasville police.

Officers were called to Fairburn Road near I-20 around 4:40 p.m. and learned that the victim, a 17-year-old girl, had been shot in the face while sitting in the front passenger seat, a news release states. She was taken to a hospital and was in stable condition, police said.

April 29: A driver shot multiple times on an Atlanta interstate believes he was followed by the shooter for miles after making a simple mistake in traffic. The victim, who survived and was treated at a hospital, told investigators he was tailed on I-85 from College Park into Atlanta before the shooter pulled up beside him and opened fire on his vehicle. He stopped just south of the North Druid Hills exit and called 911 shortly before 3:30 a.m., according to Atlanta police Sgt. Carlos Maldonado.

March 28: A Pennsylvania man was found hiding on a farm after an interstate shooting that killed his traveling companion. The shooting, which was reported by a third companion shortly after 3 a.m., shut down I-85 for hours in Jackson County and prompted a massive manhunt. Donald Carter, 67, was taken into custody nearly six hours later. Carter had been traveling with the victim, 71-year-old Samuel Sanders, and a 22-year-old man, and all three were returning to Philadelphia after working a job in Georgia, the Jackson sheriff’s office said in a news release. The 22-year-old called for help after Sanders was shot, the agency said.

March 11: Emergency crews found a stalled car riddled with bullets on the Downtown Connector, and two people inside had been shot. The driver was rushed to a hospital in critical condition, and a passenger was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Atlanta police Lt. Ralph Woolfolk. Police shut down the northbound lanes of the interstate near Fair Road after the discovery was made around 4 a.m., resulting in miles of predawn backups.

March 10: Police were searching for a person involved in a road-rage shootout in South Fulton who may be injured after crashing into the woods. Officers recovered a battered maroon sedan at the scene of the crash near the intersection of Old National Highway and Woodward Road, South Fulton police spokesman Lt. Derrick Rogers confirmed. According to Rogers, the driver of the wrecked car and another driver became involved in a road-rage incident as they drove next to each other on the heavily trafficked road. Shots were fired from one car, causing the other to crash.

March 5: Several people were injured when someone opened fire on a Lamborghini on I-75 in downtown Atlanta, according to police. Officers first responded to a report of a person shot on I-75 and Arthur Langford Jr. Parkway at 12:40 a.m. A woman in a pickup truck was taken to the hospital. Later, three other victims — a man and two women in the Lamborghini — drove themselves to the hospital with gunshot wounds. A fifth person called 911 and reported his vehicle also took gunfire on I-75, but he was not wounded, police said.

Feb. 17: A man who was involved in an argument at a DeKalb County business drove away from the scene but was seriously injured in a shooting on I-285 shortly after, police said. The man argued with multiple suspects before the shooting around 5 a.m., DeKalb police said. After leaving, the man was shot while driving on I-285 northbound near I-20.

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Feb. 16: A tractor-trailer driver was seriously injured when he was shot by another motorist while traveling on I-75 north of Wade Green Road, according to Cobb County police. The suspected shooter did not stop, police said. The injured man sustained life-threatening injuries and required emergency surgery.

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Feb. 15: A Coweta County deputy shot a man accused of striking several vehicles, including a patrol car, while driving a stolen tractor-trailer on I-85, according to investigators. The driver, 56-year-old Bobby Gene Ingram, was shot multiple times. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Feb. 15: Three people were injured in a suspected road-rage incident in Gwinnett County, according to police. Shots were fired after two vehicles pulled into a Buford Drive business shortly after 5:15 p.m., police said. One man was charged in the incident.

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Feb. 1: Investigators were called to a Circle K on Northside Drive, near Mercedes-Benz Stadium, around 7:45 a.m. when a man told them his wife had been shot while they were driving northbound on Metropolitan Parkway at University Avenue, according to police. Antwan Leeroy Green, 29, was charged with aggravated assault, possession of a dangerous weapon, cruelty to children and reckless conduct after police said he fired at the vehicle while driving.

Jan. 27: After being shot while driving, a 46-year-old man crashed his vehicle in the front yard of a Gwinnett County home, according to police. Don Wardlaw died before he could be taken to a hospital. Investigators were trying to determine where the man may have been shot. In early March, Michael Charles Jackson, 63, of Lithonia, was arrested and charged with murder in the case, according to Gwinnett police.

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Jan. 24: Six-month-old Grayson Fleming-Gray was shot and killed while in his car seat in the Dixie Hills neighborhood of northwest Atlanta. The baby’s mother had just stopped at a store when shots were fired from an SUV speeding by, according to police. Investigators later charged two suspects, Dequasie Johnathan Little and Sharice Ingram, with murder in the boy’s death.

Jan. 19: A 5-year-old was grazed by a bullet after being caught in the crossfire of a shootout between two drivers in southwest Atlanta, police said. The shooting took place just before 6 p.m. in the 1800 block of Campbellton Road. Police said the child was in the back seat of a car when the drivers of two separate vehicles began shooting at each other. Those two drivers, Deontea Anderson, 28, and Paul Hinds Jr., 24, were arrested at the scene.

Jan. 11: A man was repairing a client’s vehicle on an I-75 exit ramp when he was shot multiple times, according to Atlanta police. The man’s girlfriend told police she and her 7-year-old son were in a pickup truck parked further up the ramp to Northside Drive as they waited on the man to repair the vehicle. She then heard multiple gunshots and saw another vehicle drive away, according to police. The woman drove her injured boyfriend to the hospital.

Jan. 4: A 28-year-old man met with officers shortly before 5 a.m. at a gas station on Piedmont Road south of I-85 to report he had been shot, according to Atlanta police. The man had been at a traffic light at Piedmont Road and Piedmont Circle when another driver became angry with his driving, police said. That’s when the suspect, who was not identified, shot the man.

Jan. 3: A man died after crashing his BMW into a leasing office at a northeast Atlanta apartment complex, and rescuers discovered he had been shot. Mark Lewis, 27, was found unconscious inside his car after crashing just before 6:45 p.m. at the Lenox Woods apartments in the Lindridge-Martin Manor neighborhood east of Buckhead, Atlanta police said. After pulling the man from the car, firefighters found that he had been shot.