Shots fired in apparent road rage incident; police seek driver

LINCOLN, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island State Police are searching for a suspect in connection with a road rage-induced shooting on Route 146 Tuesday afternoon.

Capt. Derek Borek said the incident occurred sometime between 12:15 p.m. and 12:45 p.m. when two cars approached the exit for I-295. Shots were fired from the suspect’s car into the victim’s car due to apparent road rage.

“Two of them ended up in the passenger-side rear door,” Borek said. “The other one ended up through the rear passenger-side window and forward into the vehicle, into the dashboard area.”

The suspect’s car, described by state police as a red, recent-model (2014 or later) Nissan SUV (Rouge, Murano or Pathfinder).

No injuries were reported from the victim’s vehicle. Borek said the driver was “extremely lucky” to have not been hit, but it wasn’t just that person whose life was put at risk.

“It was a great danger to everyone that was on the highway at that particular time,” he said. “Who knows where those rounds can go, who they can hit.”

“When that individual fired those rounds into that car, they don’t know if there’s a small child or anyone else sitting in the backseat of that vehicle,” Borek added.

According to state police, the suspect – a light-skinned male – was driving a red, late-model Nissan SUV, likely a Rouge, Murano, or Pathfinder. The victim’s car was said to be a blue 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe.

Anyone with any information about the identity of the suspect, or anyone who may have witnessed the incident, is encouraged to call the Rhode Island State Police Lincoln Barracks at (401) 444-1100.