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Police locate car involved in Spring Lake road rage shooting

Posted February 1
Updated February 2

— Harnett County authorities on Wednesday night said the car driven by a suspect who shot and wounded a man following an argument over a car’s bright lights on a rural Harnett County road has been located.

The shooting occurred at about 8 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Shady Grove Road and N.C. Highway 210 in Spring Lake.

The man was driving on Shady Grove Road when he saw an oncoming Dodge Charger with its bright lights on, and he flashed his headlights to try to get the other driver to dim the lights, authorities said. The driver of the Charger apparently did a U-turn and followed the man to the N.C. 210 intersection, where he pulled up next to the man's car, rolled down the window and argued with the man.

Authorities said the driver of the Charger then pulled out a gun and fired three to five shots into the man's car, with one bullet hitting him in the shoulder, authorities said. A passenger in the vehicle wasn't hurt.

The man drove off, called 911 and met Cumberland County authorities and paramedics, who took him to a nearby hospital.

Lumberton police discovered the Charger, which Harnett County authorities took into possession.

"We got information that it was in the Lumberton area, so we notified Lumberton police and they located the car at an apartment complex," said Sheriff Wayne Coats.

Coats said this incident could have been a deadly encounter.

"This is just tough time we're living in at this time and people, you've got to be very alert at all times now," he said. "We don't think that there's anything to do with the myth out there of gang related. We have nothing to indicate this at this time."

No arrests have been made in the case.

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