Man shot in Charlotte ‘road rage’ incident on New Year’s Eve

Road rage erupts into shooting

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - One person was shot and injured in a “road rage” incident late Monday night in northeast Charlotte, police say.

According to the police report, 26-year-old Rahmane Jaylund Williams was shot.

Williams was driving along Old Concord Road near Meadow Vista Road around 11:12 p.m. when he was shot in the leg, according to police. He called 911 and was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

There’s no information on the suspected shooter, but according to the police report, he was not known to the victim.

Drivers in the University City area of Charlotte say road rage is rampant.

“If you look cross-eyed at a person, raise your fist or whatever, there’s no telling what will happen,” Elmer Dryden said.

Some people said they were saddened but not shocked by this most recent incident.

“Shooting somebody because of pulling in front of them or whatever that’s ridiculous, that’s ridiculous,” Stephon Moore said.

It's not the first time it's happened.

In September, police say 37-year-old Richard Clements was shot and killed after a car accident led to a fight on West Sugar Creek Road near North Tryon. The shooting was later ruled as justified.

Some drivers say they would like to see more accountability in these cases.

“If they get caught the law needs to be enforced really good,” Kevin Gryjak said.

AAA recommends following three simple steps to stay safe.

  • Don’t Offend: Never cause another driver to change their speed or direction. That means not forcing another driver to use their brakes, or turn the steering wheel in response to something you have done.
  • Be Tolerant and Forgiving: The other driver may just be having a really bad day. Assume that it’s not personal.
  • Do Not Respond: Avoid eye contact, don’t make gestures, maintain space around your vehicle and contact 911 if needed.

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