El Paso Police say a shooting on US54 North, near Hondo Pass Drive, is most likely the result of a road rage incident.
Officials say the incident happened Thursday, August 20, shortly after 9:30 p.m. According to statements given to police, the driver of the car, a 20-year-old male, and his 2 passengers were traveling northbound on US54. They then noticed another car, described as a silver or gray Honda – possibly an Accord – quickly gaining on their car.
Witnesses tell police that vehicle almost collided with the victim’s car, which led to the drivers flashing an obscene gesture at one another – described to police as a “raised middle finger.”
Police say that both drivers pulled their cars to the side of the road, and both exited their cars. Officials say that both walked towards one another and began to argue, when the driver of the second car then drew a handgun and opened fire. The driver of the first car was struck multiple times and was rushed to William Beaumont Army Medical Center by his passengers. At last report, the victim was in critical condition.
The investigation is being handled by the Crimes Against Person Unit, and detectives believe that the offender may have had a female passenger in the vehicle.
EPPD officials add that the investigation remains ongoing and no arrests have been made. They ask that any person with information on this case call police at 915-832-4400 or, to remain anonymous and possibly qualify for a cash reward, they can contact Crime Stoppers of El Paso at 915-566-8477.