MIAMI TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) – Authorities temporarily closed the southbound lanes of I-75 between Dryden Road and OH-725 after a road rage shooting early Sunday evening.
Miami Township police say that around 4 pm, someone traveling on I-75 southbound between Dixie Drive and I-675 fired shots at another car, striking the vehicle several times.
The victim tells 2 NEWS that his daughter was inside the car at the time of the shooting.
At one point the victim got window to window with the shooter and tried pleading with the suspect.
“I got my kid in the car. I got my kid in the car! He looked at me with a half-ass grin and then there’s a BOP BOP BOP,” said the victim in a phone call with 2 NEWS reporter Ethan Fitzgerald.
Police said on Monday that at least four shots hit the car. One of the shots popped a tire and another went through the back window and exited through the windshield. Shell casings were found on I-75, which were entered into evidence.
The victim says he was getting on I-75 and had to tap his breaks and swerve around what he thinks was a broken window on the road.
From there the victim says the car behind him essentially started chasing him. He tried to wave and say he was sorry, but eventually the suspect started shooting from the passenger seat.
“This is the worst road rage I have seen in over 30 years. Never seen anything escalate this far,” said Officer Pat McCoy of the Miami Township Police Department.
The suspect’s car is described as a small, silver sedan, possibly a Toyota Corolla or a similar-sized vehicle.
A white female was driving the car, and a white male passenger fired the shots, although there are no identifications of the suspects. Officials are working with ODOT to identify the suspects. They were last seen on I-675 northbound at SR-725. No injuries were reported.
“The guy that was doing the shooting obviously has no regard for anybody’s life or safety,” said Officer McCoy.
I-75 was reopened a short time later.
Anyone with information on the shooting should contact Miami Township Police at 937-433-2301.
2 NEWS will continue to follow this story and keep you updated when more information is available.
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