Posted: Mar 25, 2013 3:35 PM by CBSDFW.COM
MESQUITE (CBSDFW.COM) - Mesquite Police have arrested a man for allegedly shooting and injuring another driver in an apparent case of road rage overnight.
Police say 29-year-old Marcus Scott called 911 a little after 1:00 a.m. to report that he was following what he believed to be a drunk driver. The driver, identified as 23-year-old Leonard Christopher Young, was traveling westbound on IH-30 approaching I-635. Scott continued to follow the man going southbound on I-635 at Town East Boulevard, when suddenly, the suspected drunk driver stopped his vehicle.
"The suspect vehicle stopped in the lane, and the suspect exited his vehicle with a handgun," said Sgt. Brian Parrish with Mesquite police. "He fired at the caller's vehicle 15 times, striking the caller in the head one time."
Parrish says the victim, who was grazed in the back of the head, continued to drive his vehicle before police instructed him to pull over for medical attention. Scott was transported to Baylor of Dallas, where he was listed in stable condition as of 5:00 a.m. Monday.
The shooter called the Mesquite Police Department and drove to the station to speak with officers.
"The suspect claimed that the reason he shot was that he was in fear for his life," said Sgt. Parrish.
Young has been charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. Police have yet to determine if Young had been drinking prior to the incident.
Despite the near-deadly shooting, Sgt. Parish encourages citizens to inform police when criminal activity is suspected.
"We like for folks to call in when they see something wrong, especially drunk drivers," said Sgt. Parrish. "When you see something like this, the most important thing to do is maintain a safe distance and call the police. If you find yourself in a situation where you don't feel safe, you need to remove yourself from that situation."
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