Chatham County man says he was shot in Rowan County road rage incident

Published 1:37 pm Wednesday, February 5, 2020

By Shavonne Walker

ROWAN — A Chatham County man says he was shot in a road rage incident on Interstate 85 in Rowan County while heading home from a business meeting in Charlotte, according to a Rowan County Sheriff’s Office report.

The 49-year-old man told police early Wednesday he attended a business meeting in Charlotte and felt something hit his arm while driving near Long Ferry Road. The man told law enforcement he knew he’d been shot so he continued to drive.

A report, however, indicated there was no blood inside the car. Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy David Ramsey said no phone call was made to 911.

The man who reported being shot sped down the road in excess of 140 mph because he believed the shots had been a result of road rage, Ramsey said.

The man was pulled over by Davidson County deputies at 1701 Cotton Grove Road in Lexington. By the time Rowan County deputies arrived, the victim had been taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center via Davidson County EMS. Davidson County deputies were standing with the victim’s 2016 BMW.

The man told Davidson County deputies he sped on the interstate to get away from the area where the shots had been fired, Ramsey said.

The victim told deputies he believed the gunshots came from a gray passenger vehicle. He told officers he didn’t know why the shots were fired other than saying there was a road rage incident.

Ramsey said there were two bullet holes in the rear of the car and the victim was struck in the right wrist. The injures were not life-threatening, the report said.

According to Ramsey, there were a number of exits between where the shooting occurred and where deputies stopped the driver.