Driver of car shot in road rage incident: "It makes no sense"
Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - The car is riddled with three bullet holes. Rochester Police recovered one of the bullets in the trunk.
The Rochester man who was driving says two of his passengers could easily have been killed after a road rage incident in a parking lot Sunday night. "I just don't understand it," he tells 13 WHAM's Jane Flasch.
The victim asked us not to share his identity and to use only his first name: Howard. Howard says if two of those three gunshots would have been an inch higher, this could have turned this from road rage to homicide.
"I had a passenger sitting in the front seat and one in the rear seat," Howard said.
Howard said he was driving a borrowed car Sunday night and was trying to leave the plaza at Upper Falls Blvd but was unable to get down the aisle because someone had stopped in front of him and wouldn't move. He said the driver behind him laid on the horn and started yelling. "He said he was in a hurry but he couldn't have been in that much of a hurry because he was arguing with me for 10 minutes," Howard said.
Howard said he left the parking lot at that time and turned down Upper Falls Blvd because he thought the argument was over. That's when he heard the shots.
"It scared everybody. I didn't know what to do," Howard said. "I thought the passenger was dead because it was, 'Pow, pow, pow, pow.'"
The first shot hit just below the front passenger window. If it was a little higher, it would have sailed through. The second came close to hitting the rear passenger window where Howard's son was seated.
"I don't understand this," Howard said, clearly emotional. "Over parking? It makes no sense."
Surveillance cameras throughout the plaza were not positioned in such a way to record what happened. Police are investigating but do not have a suspect.
Howard describes the SUV only as black; he did not get a make, model or license plate. He pointed to the bullet holes and said he had three reasons to hope that a witness will come forward.
"He changed a lot of lives," Howard said. "I have to worry every day if he is coming back," Howard said. "I don't know what to do. He can take it out on me."