Copy of 'Who points a gun at a baby?' Road rage incident frightens Wendell family
Posted September 27
Raleigh, N.C. — A Wendell family threatened with a gun as they drove through Raleigh relived their terrifying brush with road rage Monday as their alleged attacker appeared in court.
34-year-old Dameel Walker is charged with hit-and-run and pointing a gun.
The driver, a grandmother who didn't want to give her name for fear of reprisals, said she was driving her son, daughter-in-law and 2-year-old grandson on Capital Boulevard Saturday afternoon when she noticed a car following too closely. It followed the family onto Interstate 440, the driver yelling and making hand gestures, she said. She pulled over to let him pass, but he continued to drive close to her and then pulled out a gun.
"I think i was just not going fast enough for him, I don't know. I was just trying to get ready to get on the on-ramp," she said.
Along I-440 near Yonkers Road, the woman said, "I heard my son say, 'He's got a gun,' and I look over and I see a gun, pointed in my car, scanning in my car. As I look over, the gun is pointed directly at my son's face. He had direct eye contact with my son.
"He was in the lane next to us and he wouldn't let us over and he pulled a gun out. He pulled a gun on us and there's a child," said the woman's daughter-in-law.
"First, he was pointing it in the car, then he was pointing it at my son, then he was pointing it at my grandson," the woman said.
Frightened, the woman gripped the steering wheel so hard that she bruised her hands.
She heard a loud noise – a tire had blown on her car.
"I didn't know what was going on. I knew I was having trouble holding the car," she said.
They were able to safely pull over onto the shoulder, write down the man's license plate and call 911.
"Who does this? Who points a gun at a baby?" she said. "He wouldn't want this done to his family. Why would he do it to another family? So, I want him to learn from it."
The family used that license plate number and their vivid memories to identify Walker, who has a criminal record in North Carolina.
Court records show Walker has a pending case after he was accused of being involved in a fight in July. He was also charged with assault in January, but that charge was dismissed.
The woman said although no one was hurt, she has nightmares about what could have happened.
Walker was being held on a $75,000 bond Monday night.