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Bullets Strike Out-of-State Car on I-40

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RALEIGH — Police still have a great many unansweredquestions about an apparent drive-by shooting on Interstate 40 betweenWade and Harrison Avenues Monday. According to police, there are as manyholes in the alleged victims' story as there are in the white JeepCherokee they were driving.

A Texas couple who was delivering a the vehicle to a Greensborowoman escaped without injury when, they say, someone riddled the vehiclewith bullets about 1 p.m. The driver, Johnny Brigman (center, at left),said he noticed hiswindow exploding and immediately pulled off the highway into a parkinglot. He and his passenger, Jennifer Lampley (bottom, at left), say theydidn't know they'dbeen shot at until they got out of the vehicle.

Major Danny Bellamy of the Wake County Sheriff's Department says manypeople travel that road, and he doesn't blame them for being concerned,but adds that there are a lot of discrepancies in the Texas couple'sstory.

Gary Smith, Brigman's boss at Auto Drive Away in Houston, saysBrigman has only worked there as a delivery driver for three months, andthere has been no problem before. He is, however, concerned about thissituation.

For one thing, neither police nor the boss can figure out why a tripfrom Houston to Greensboro would be routed through Raleigh. For another,the driver has told slightly different versions of the shooting story topolice and to his boss.

Brigman and Lampley reportedly told police that the shots came from aline of trees above the road. Smith says Brigman told him that another carpulled alongside them on the highway and began shooting.

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