Truck driver shot dead, says it’s not the first time he’s been the victim of road rage – WSB-TV Channel 2
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — A dad said he was driving home from work when a stranger pulled up next to him and started shooting.
Mark Winne, Channel 2 investigative journalist discovered that this was not the first time the man had been targeted while driving.
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Chris Stewart drives a truck for a living, but said he was blessed to live after a passenger in a small car or SUV on westbound Interstate 20 in DeKalb County opened fire on him as he drove his work truck home on March 23.
“I thank God that I am still here. I thank God that I am who he is,” he said. “What words can tell you how lucky I am to still be in life ?”
Stewart said the bullets came dangerously close to him.
“The one in the passenger door, if it had gone through, probably would have hit me on the shoulder,” he said. “Whoever touched the load I was actually carrying if there wasn’t a box there, he probably would have hit me in the back of the head.”
Dekalb Police Chief Mirtha Ramos said DeKalb had 27 incidents of road rage this year with three arrests.
“We have a road rage initiative that we’re running now,” he said.
Initiative units travel on highways or sit on the shoulder under blue lights.
“We’re really trying to provide high visibility and deter these acts from happening,” Ramos said.
Stewart said he was driving home in his truck when the other vehicle pulled up in front of him. A passenger climbed out of the sunroof and gestured angrily.
Stewart said his best guess of the passenger’s behavior was that he drove slowly to pay attention to his cargo.
“He was just gesturing like he was going to do something, so I put my hands up and said, ‘What are you talking about? “”, Did he declare.
Stewart said seconds later gunshots rang out, with two shots hitting his truck.
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He said he had been the victim of a traffic offense before. In 2013, a suspected drunk driver’s truck ran him over while riding his motorcycle on I-285, also in DeKalb.
“He dragged me from Bouldercrest to Flat Shoals,” Stewart said.
Stewart said when he told his wife he survived that last incident, “it was kind of a sigh, and then she said, ‘God must have a purpose for you’.”
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