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Mississippi man confessed to road rage shooting

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HERNANDO, MS (WMC-TV) - A Mississippi man wanted in a violent road rage shooting that landed another driver in the hospital is now behind bars. 

Hernando police charged Jeffrey Bateman of Coldwater with three counts of aggravated assault, and he could face more charges.
  
On Highway 51 early Sunday morning, the 24-year-old victim was driving behind Batemen, who was traveling at a very low speed. The victim pulled around Bateman's truck. Police say words were exchanged, and when both vehicles stopped at Timberlane and Robinson Roads, the suspect put on a black mask and fired four shots into the victim's truck. 

The incident happened outside witness Joy Knight's home. She says she heard the men arguing loudly.

"They were angry. They were real loud, screaming at each other, saying a lot of really bad words...stuff like that," she said.

Knight called 911 after the one of the vehicles sped off.

"I just heard gunshots. I knew somebody was hurt," she said.

The victim, whose name hasn't been released, remains in serious condition at The Regional Medical Center in Memphis.

Two other passengers in the truck were not injured.

When police tracked down Bateman on Friday, he confessed to the shooting.

Hernando police say they're still questioning other people who may be involved.

 

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