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Man Shot In Road Rage Incident Leaves Hospital To Start Recovery

Posted January 12, 2005

— Neil Anderson is getting a lot of hugs lately from his parents. He is recovering from a shotgun blast to the face -- a blast which could have taken his life.

Anderson said he remembers few details about what is being called a road rage confrontation on Saturday.

"I just remember going down I-40, conversation going on between the two vehicles and then the back glass being busted open. Just me holding my mouth to the side thinking I'm missing a few teeth," Anderson said.

Anderson's friends pulled into a Burger King in Johnston County to get help. It was not until they were in the light that they realized he had been shot.

"Somebody said you've got two holes, you have been shot," he said. "That's when it kind of settled in."

Acting on tips, Wake County sheriff's investigators picked up two suspects Tuesday in Onslow County.

Flowers, balloons and cards in his hospital room wish him well, but Anderson said he knows his emotional recovery is ultimately in his hands.

"Just try to have a good peace of mind," he said.

Anderson still has a fragament from the shotgun blast lodged in his mouth. Doctors expect to keep his jaw wired for up to eight weeks, but he said he is thankful to be going home and even more thankful to be alive.

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