Road rage turns to shooting on West Kellogg

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Wichita police are investigating a case of road rage that turned into a shot being fired at a driver in west Wichita.

The call came in shortly after 11 a.m. at Kellogg and Dugan Road. A 911 caller said someone had shot at him because of road rage.

Police and EMS responded. They found the 29-year-old driver suffering minor injuries after being hit by glass shards from his window.

The driver said that a 34-year-old male in a pick-up pulled alongside his vehicle as he was heading west on Kellogg between Meridian and West Street. He said the other driver fired one shot into his passenger window.

The bullet hit his windshield, ricocheted and lodged in the car’s window support beam.

He was able to get a license plate number and a vehicle description before pulling off at Dugan Road.

Police tracked the license plate to a home and are at the home questioning the other driver.

When asked what prompted the shot to be fired, police just answered, “road rage.” Police are investigating the shooting of an aggravated battery incident involving the two men.

Police say they want to talk to anyone who witnessed what happened. If you can help with the case, call 316-268-4407.

Law enforcement say aggressive driving cases in the area are happening more often and in extreme ways.

“It’s happening more often that folks that are able to carry weapons and they get upset and instead of giving finger motions, like what used to happen, they are pointing guns at each other,” said Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter. “It doesn’t happen a whole lot, but there is more cases of it happening in the last years.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nationwide 66 percent of fatalities are caused by aggressive driving, 37 percent of aggressive driving incidents involve a firearm, and road rage leads to 30 murders a year.

Wichita Police said drivers need to calm down on the roads.

“Just let it go, it’s not worth getting in a road rage, tailgating, getting in a wreck getting somebody hurt,” said Sgt. Troy Nedbalek.

Both Nedbalek and Easter said summer will have more drivers on the road and that it’s important to arrive alive and drive defensively.

“Take a deep breath, relax and move on,” said Easter.

KSN will update this story as more information becomes available.

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