Hale County youth shot on highway

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 4, 2004

GREENSBORO-Talk about a serious case of road rage, a motorist in a pickup truck fired three shots into a car containing two juveniles as he or she overtook them on Hwy 61 on Monday, May 31 injuring one of them in the process.

Greensboro Police Chief Claude Hamilton said the two juveniles; a 17-year-old male and a 16-year-old male were driving home in a gray 1980 Ford Mustang on Hwy 61 after leaving work from McDonalds when this incident happened. He also said as they were in the process of driving home at 1:50 a.m. on Monday morning, they noticed a white pickup truck, that they believe was a Ford in the rearview mirror.

“The boys said as they were driving home this pickup truck started tailgating them for no reason at all,” Hamilton said.

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He said the boys decided to keep on driving and maybe he would pass them. He also said they even started to slow down and the driver of the truck continued to tailgate them.

“The boys wanted to give the motorist every possible chance to over take them because they just wanted to get home,” Hamilton said.

He said when the driver of the truck finally decided he wanted to pass them, he not only passed them, he opened fire on them. He also said as the pickup went passed the Mustang the driver shot three to four times into the car.

“One of these shots struck the 17-year-old in the upper body around his neck and shoulder,” Hamilton said.

He said the juvenile was rushed to Druid City Hospital in Tuscaloosa where he is listed in serious condition. He also said the injury that the juvenile sustained from the gunshot was a very serious injury.

“We have determined that the juvenile was shot with a small caliber bullet and we are still investigating this crime,” Hamilton said.

He said if anyone has information about the driver of the suspected white Ford pickup truck that fired three shots into a Ford Mustang and injuring a juvenile, then please call the Greensboro Police Department at (334) 624-3902.