Man Shot in Road Rage Incident

By: Denise Wong Email
By: Denise Wong Email

SPARKS, NV - Sparks Police opened up the Vista Boulevard off ramp around 2:00pm on Monday morning, following a shooting. They had shut it down around 9:00am - after gunfire rang out.

An old blue Mustang and a small Toyota SUV were the only vehicles allowed on the Vista Boulevard off-ramp of I-80 westbound, after a man was shot there Monday morning.

Police say it was the man in the Mustang who was shot.

"He was speaking with us, he was conscious," says Lt. Chad Hawkins of the Sparks Police Department.

That's after getting shot once in the chest. The victim told police the man in the SUV pulled the trigger. He says the whole incident started about three miles east of the off-ramp, on I-80 westbound. He told police the driver of the SUV was tailgating him. They both exited the freeway.

"The victim stopped for a red light, he got out to confront the suspect who was behind him. They got out, some kind of confrontation ensued and that's when the victim was shot," says Lt. Hawkins.

"It's crazy!" says Ryan Henderson, a Sparks resident who was driving in the area. "I can't remember the last time we had a road rage thing out here."

Drivers in the area say they've seen a lot of angry drivers on the road, but for something to escalate this much is troubling.

"What's wrong with people these days?" says Debbie Smith, another driver in the area. "This is ridiculous!"

"Pretty sad," says Henderson. "It used to be a pretty safe little community. Now it seems we're getting a lot of shootings and now road rage. I don't know."

As police comb through evidence and try to find more witnesses, they're hoping other drivers will pay attention to what led up to this scene.

"To confront other people is not a good idea," says Lt. Hawkins. "You just never know who you're going to confront. Sometimes, it ends up like this where somebody gets shot."

Police have not released the name of the man who was shot, nor the man suspected of pulling the trigger. They say the two men are white and did not know each other before this day. At last check, Sparks police say the victim was in stable condition at the hospital.

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