Man in critical condition after interstate shooting - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Man in critical condition after interstate shooting

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A man is in critical condition after he was shot while riding in a car on the interstate early Sunday morning. Police said the suspect left the scene.

Investigators said a driver told them he was driving southbound on Watkins Road when a suspect passed him and pulled in front of his vehicle.

The suspect was driving a white 2003 Hyundai Sonata.

Both became side-by-side once merging onto Interstate-40. The driver said the suspect began shooting at them.

A passenger in the car was taken to Regional Medical Center by the driver in extremely critical condition.

“It’s a scary thing,” Raymand Bowman said.

"It’s getting bad; you have to look over your shoulder and make sure someone’s not going to shoot or whatever,” J.C. Hemphill said.

Drivers are increasingly concerned after yet another shooting that happened while on the road.

A family member said the 24-year-old is on life support following the shooting.

"A life is an easy thing to take, but you can’t give it back,” Bowman said. “People need to take time."

Family members also said the victim did not know the shooter.

"I’m old enough to be his dad, so that could have been my child,” James Smith said. “He’s the same age as my daughter. I don’t know what the situation was, but it shouldn’t have led up to that.”

Police said it is unclear if the shooting was caused by road rage, but drivers worry that with so many road rage shootings this year, that may have been the case.

"People should think about what they do before they do it,” Smith said. “They need to think with their minds instead of guns. Guns are something--once you pull the trigger there’s no turning around."

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