1 killed in road rage shooting

Both vehicles have bullet holes; child in back seat of car not injured


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Homicide investigators say what started as a road rage dispute Friday afternoon led to gunfire and ended with one driver dead and his car crashed into a house on Jammes Road.

A child in the back seat of that car was not injured, but a witness said she was screaming.

Police say the driver had some encounter at the intersection of Jammes and 103rd Street, then gunfire was exchanged in the parking lot of a Bono's Bar-B-Que, and the car drove a block before crashing into a vacant rental house.

"The car was reving; a little girl in the back screaming," witness Garrette Oliver said. "I went up there and turned the car off, tried to calm the girl down."

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The driver of the second vehicle, a RAV4, stopped and called 911 and said he had been involved in a shooting.

Both vehicles have numerous bullet holes, but police don't yet known if both drivers were shooting. 

The driver of the SUV was taken in for questioning.

A witness who heard the crash said the scene was frightening.

"Kids are getting out of school -- you see them walking," Amy Harvey said. "It's terrifying for 3 o'clock and kids getting out of school and there are cops lining the road.

Jammes Road re-opened shortly after 7 p.m. Friday.

Channel 4 Crime Analyst Ken Jefferson said it's best to avoid situations that could potentially lead to road rage.

"If you find yourself in a situation where you've got a person behind you who is riding your tail, laying on the horn, trying to get by you, tail- gating you try at best to get out of there way right then whenever its safe get out of there way," said Jefferson.

"If they pull over and then invite you over, never engage them. That's when tempers flare, that's when things happen and unfortunately some people are injured and hurt, or some people have gotten killed behind these sort of things," he added.

Jefferson said you should call the police and avoid engaging someone harassing you.