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'You never know': Man shot in foot during Raleigh road rage incident; other driver at large

Posted July 20
Updated July 21

A Raleigh 19-year-old, who did not want to be named, admits that emotion got the better of him Sunday morning, when he challenged another driver to what he described as a back-and-forth on Raleigh’s Western Boulevard. But the outcome – he was shot in the foot and the other driver remains at large – was more than he expected.

— A Raleigh 19-year-old, who did not want to be named, admits that emotion got the better of him Sunday morning, when he challenged another driver to what he described as a back-and-forth on Raleigh’s Western Boulevard. But the outcome – he was shot in the foot and the other driver remains at large – was more than he expected.

"I heard it when it went through my door. It was like a big boom," he said. "I heard the boom of the gunshot, and I felt when it went into my foot."

The bullet hit his left foot. He was able to pull into a Taco Bell drive-thru and asked for help.

Road-rage shooting

He said he was picking someone up from work around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday when he got into a brief chase with another driver who cut him off.

"It could have been a lot worse. He could have went a little higher. He could have shot through my window. He could have hit me anywhere else," he said.

He said the back-and-forth started when a car cut him off, then he pulled in front of the car and was involved in a short chase, which led to the shooting.

"You didn't have to shoot me," he said. "You could have just fussed me out or gave me the finger like normal people would. But by taking it to a gun level, that's a whole different extreme."

The victim is now out of work from his two restaurant jobs and on crutches.

"My foot is still sore. I still have two holes in my foot," he said.

Detectives are working with him to help identify a suspect.

"They are trying to search through traffic cameras to see if they can find anything," he said.

Regardless, he said he learned a valuable lesson.

"If there is a crazy driver just let him go by, just let him go on," he said. "You never know."

The victim did not get a license plate number, but he believes the car was tan or gold. He said there were two people inside.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call police.

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  • Linda Tally Jul 21, 3:24 p.m.
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    Interesting lesson in common sense. At least he got his without having a funeral attached,

  • Matthew Freling Jul 21, 2:45 p.m.
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    Chase after someone at 1:30 in the morning? They were probably terrified, I know I would be!

    That said, if both parties were still in their cars, I don't see an imminent threat of bodily harm to warrant the discharge of weapon.

    Hope he has a fast and full recovery, and that he thinks twice before getting his dander up. Thank goodness it wasn't worse...the pain has to suck, but he's alive to feel it.

    All that said - anyone else trying to figure out how someone shot from one driver seat to another driver seat, and hit the victim in the foot? Cannot imagine someone would shoot through their own car door...but who knows, if they're crazy enough to start shooting from a (an albeit frightening) road rage incident, they're not all there to begin with...

    More reason to just stay home.

  • Amanda Alston Jul 21, 2:36 p.m.
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    He was definitely shot by someone else. I know his mom.

  • NC Tom Jul 21, 8:00 a.m.
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    Don't want no shirt, don't start no shirt

  • Bobby Caudle Jul 21, 7:25 a.m.
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    well he got what he deserved, he started it

  • Pete Knowles Jul 21, 6:43 a.m.
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    Well then Fred, I guess he shot himself through his own driver's side door. The boy must be a contortionist. SMH.

  • Dennis Midkiff Jul 21, 6:18 a.m.
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    Let Chief Wiggum know to be on the lookout for a tan or gold car. I repeat tan or gold car.

    And I love the part where he describes what 'normal people' would do in a road rage incident. This dude is extremely lucky to be alive.

  • Arthur Raleigh Jul 21, 12:40 a.m.
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    fred I right!

  • Tom Harris Jul 20, 11:35 p.m.
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    Wow, Fred. Did you shoot him??

  • Fred Lybrand Jul 20, 10:41 p.m.
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    There is no other shooter. This guy shot himself in the foot, got in his car, and made up this story rather than admit he doesn't understand gun safety.