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Police: Road rage led to I-540 shooting

Posted June 22, 2011 11:13 p.m. EDT
Updated June 23, 2011 6:04 p.m. EDT

— A shooting on Interstate 540 late Wednesday was likely prompted by road rage, Raleigh police said Thursday.

Kyle Fiske, 23, of Raleigh, and Danielle Johnson, 20, of Cary, were westbound on I-540, near U.S. Highway 70, shortly before 10 p.m. when a car pulled up on their left, police said. A man inside the second vehicle then opened fire.

A bullet traveled through the front driver's-side and passenger-side windows, but missed both people, police said. Fiske's arm was cut by shattered glass.

"Some guy was like tailgating me," Fiske said in a 911 call. "We kept driving because the guy was on 540, following us."

"I'm scared to stop. We need to find a safe place to stop," Johnson said in the 911 call.

The couple pulled into Raleigh-Durham International Airport, and one of them ran to the Southwest Airlines ticket counter in Terminal 1 and asked for help. RDU medical staff treated them there.

Police were searching for a silver, early 2000s-model Acura with dark-tinted windows and custom rims. The couple told police a man was the only person in the car, which was last seen going west on I-540.

Investigators said preliminary findings point to road rage as the reason for the shooting, police said.

Anyone who believes they witnessed the shooting or might have information that could help investigators is asked to call Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-4357.

Raleigh police said they have found no connection between the shooting and three recent shootings on or near the Durham Freeway.

In the latest Durham incident, a man told police that he was targeted by a white or gray Acura, along with a dark blue Dodge Charger, on the Durham Freeway Monday night.

Durham police, who consulted with Raleigh police, have said none of the shootings there were random.

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