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Shooting reported Tuesday night during road-rage incident; police looking for driver

June 19, 2013


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Police are looking for a man who allegedly fired a handgun while involved in a road-rage incident Tuesday night in south Lawrence, said Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence Police Department spokesman.

The incident, between the occupants of a van and a man driving a lime green, late 1990s Mustang, occurred about 10 p.m. near the 2500 block of Melrose Lane, McKinley said.

Two people in a van told police that the Mustang had been tailgating their vehicle, so they pulled over. When the Mustang passed by, they decided to follow, and the Mustang eventually stopped in front of them and blocked the road diagonally. Then, the driver of the Mustang stepped out of his car with a handgun, McKinley said.

Both occupants of the van ducked and backed up the van as the gun was fired, McKinley said. It wasn't clear where the gun was aimed, and the driver of the Mustang fled the area.

No injuries or property damage were reported, McKinley said. Police are looking for the Mustang and the driver, who is described as a black male, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall.

Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to call the Lawrence Police Department at 785-832-7509 or the TIPS Hotline at 843-TIPS(8477).


Clickker 4 years, 9 months ago

Lime Green....that'l be hard to find!

hedshrinker 4 years, 9 months ago

lime green vintage Mustang....not a lot of options, I'd say

bad_dog 4 years, 9 months ago

That might be vintage for wine, but not a car. It could as easily be a beater as something of value to be prized for generations to come...

Pepe 4 years, 9 months ago

Even if he didn't fire a gun, he should still go to jail just for having a lime green Mustang.

broddie 4 years, 9 months ago

Okay so someone's tailgating. You let them pass cause they're a jerk. Then you move on with your life. You don't FOLLOW them.

alittlecurious 4 years, 9 months ago

That was my second thought... first was Missouri!

Stop_the_Madness 4 years, 9 months ago

Do not follow an aggressive driver after they pass you. It sounds like 2 vehicles visiting from Topeka.

50YearResident 4 years, 9 months ago

An observant victim would have got the tag number from the lime green mustang he was following, wouldn't he?

Lisa Medsker 4 years, 9 months ago

Otherwise, WHY follow, unless it's for the sole purpose of having a confrontation? I wondered the same thing!

LeBo 4 years, 9 months ago

Road rage is a poor term. This is a life changing encounter. Luckily he missed.

Matthew Herbert 4 years, 9 months ago

A piece of this story is missing...I'm going to wager there was more to this story than the one-sided story given to police.

bad_dog 4 years, 9 months ago

Unfortunately, one side is all you get when the person discharging a firearm flees the scene. Nevertheless, very little could justify shooting at someone following you unless you believed your life to be in danger.

It's a little hard to believe a Mustang couldn't "lose" a van, if the driver really wanted to avoid speaking with them or to prevent a more violent confrontation. Nah, let's just pull over and shoot at them. Seems reasonable; must not have been a "slap 'em and grab their glasses" kind of guy...

jafs 4 years, 9 months ago

He did even worse than "pull over", he stopped and blocked the van.

bad_dog 4 years, 9 months ago

Got it jafs. I didn't believe I needed to add every detail. I probably should have included the fact the Mustang was an ugly color, as well ;-)

jafs 4 years, 9 months ago

Well, it might have been a minor correction.

But, it indicates even more aggression, I think, and less of a chance for the car behind to avoid the confrontation. Not that the guy behind is blameless - if he hadn't followed the other car, this might not have happened.

bad_dog 4 years, 9 months ago

Points taken-and awarded. I guess I was just using the term "pulled over" in a too generic sense. One of those cases where a person meant what they didn't say...

bearded_gnome 4 years, 9 months ago

lime green?

what kind of a man even drives a lime green vehicle?

poor man probably driven mad by the color of his car.

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