NASSAU COUNTY, Florida. – Two men have been arrested after two children were injured in a road rage shooting over the weekend that started in Duval County and spread to Nassau County, authorities said .
At a news conference Monday morning, Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper said the incident happened around 6 p.m. Saturday on US 1 near Callahan and spanned several miles . He noted that several 911 calls had been made.
“A guy in an SUV is driving recklessly,” a 911 call can be heard in the audio obtained by News4JAX. “I think they carry – they both carry buttocks.”
According to a witness, Leeper said there was a black Dodge Ram pickup truck with five occupants and a gray Nissan Murano sport utility vehicle with three occupants involved in the incident, which one witness described as a “game of cat and mouse”.
William Joseph Hale drove the Ram and Frank Gilliard Allison drove the Murano north on US 1 from the Jacksonville area, both “accelerating, driving erratically and mutually braking,” Leeper said.
At one point, according to the Leeper, the driver of the Ram stood up next to the Murano, rolled down a window, and began yelling at the driver of the Murano to stop. A passenger in the Murano then rolled down a window and made an obscene gesture, and the driver of the Murano rolled down his window to yell at the other driver when a plastic water bottle was thrown from the Ram into the Nissan, according to Leeper.
“According to Nissan driver Allison, the water bottle did not hurt him or cause him to lose control of the vehicle,” Leeper said.
The sheriff said the driver of the Murano then grabbed his semi-automatic .45 caliber handgun and fired a round at the Ram – which flew through the rear passenger door on the right side and hit a girl from 5 years – before accelerating. stopped.
“Allison said the reason he fired his gun was to get out of the whole situation,” Leeper said. “According to Dodge Ram driver Hale, he heard a loud ‘pow’ but didn’t really think about it until everyone started panicking in the back seat.”
According to the sheriff, the driver of the Ram realized that one of the passengers had been shot as the Murano drove away, approached the Murano and began firing multiple shots from his handgun semi-automatic 9-millimeter Glock 43 – one of which flew through the rear of the vehicle and struck a 14-year-old girl in the back, causing her to suffer a collapsed lung.
“According to the Dodge driver, he fired all that was in the magazine – seven or eight rounds,” Leeper said.
The mother of one of the children who was shot can be heard making a 911 call.
“My daughter was shot – please help me,” she said.
A child can also be heard crying on roll call.
“I don’t want to die,” the child can be heard saying.
As the two drivers continued north, Leeper said, they spotted a Nassau County Sheriff’s Office patrol car and pulled over. That’s when, according to Leeper, the two drivers came out and started arguing and fighting, and the deputy had to break up the fight.
Both injured children were taken to hospital and Leeper described their injuries as not life-threatening.
“What’s scarier than a mad driver with a gun than two mad drivers with a gun?” said Leper. “Fortunately, no one was killed in this incident. But it could very easily have turned out that way because two people were acting stupid and letting their tempers get the better of them. There could have been two dead children because of two stupid adults.
At one point, Leeper said, there was another van involved in the road rage but was not involved in the shooting.
According to the sheriff, Allison, 43, of Callahan, and Hale, 35, of Douglas, Georgia, were arrested and charged with attempted murder. They were incarcerated in the Nassau County jail, but have since retired.
Sheriff Leeper urged drivers not to hire someone if they find themselves in a situation similar to the weekend.
“Someone driving aggressively around you, let them go. Slow down. Go the other way. Get the vehicle description if you can and call the police,” he said.
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