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Road rage leaves one with gunshot wound
by By Jill Lufrano
Nov 01, 2011 | 2097 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Just prior to 11 a.m. Monday morning, a road rage situation ended on the west bound off ramp at Vista and I-80 when the driver of a Ford Mustang and a Toyota RAV4 had a confrontation .  It ended with one of them shot in the chest but the condition of the person was unknown when this photo was taken.
Tribune/Dan McGee Just prior to 11 a.m. Monday morning, a road rage situation ended on the west bound off ramp at Vista and I-80 when the driver of a Ford Mustang and a Toyota RAV4 had a confrontation . It ended with one of them shot in the chest but the condition of the person was unknown when this photo was taken.
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A Sparks police unit helps block the westbound I-80 off-ramp to Vista Boulevard while the two vehicles involved in Monday morning’s road rage shooting sit ahead of it. The shooting victim was reported in stable condition.
Tribune/Dan McGee A Sparks police unit helps block the westbound I-80 off-ramp to Vista Boulevard while the two vehicles involved in Monday morning’s road rage shooting sit ahead of it. The shooting victim was reported in stable condition.
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SPARKS - The westbound Interstate 80 off-ramp at Vista Boulevard was closed for nearly four hours Monday morning following a road rage incident during which one Fernley man was shot in the upper torso by another Fernley man.

Both drivers called 911 at about 8:50 a.m. after the incident unfolded and the Sparks Police Department responded shortly thereafter.

The injured man was taken to Renown Regional Medical Center and was reported in stable condition at 12:30 p.m. Monday, according to Aaron Leary, SPD detective sergeant.

The other man was detained for questioning and released, Leary said. Neither man was arrested.

“It was a mutual road rage incident,” Leary said.

Both men were driving to work when the incident occurred, he added. One was driving a blue Toyota RAV and the other an older model primer grey/faded flue Ford Mustang. Both cars remained at the scene early Monday afternoon as the investigation continued, with the Toyota RAV parked closely behind the older model Ford. Five evidence markers were placed near and around the cars. Both vehicles will be impounded for evidence, Leary said, adding that fault is “undetermined at this point.”

Vista Boulevard is the first exit drivers can take to enter Sparks if traveling westbound on Interstate 80.

According to the police officials, the two subjects were traveling westbound several miles east of Sparks when an episode of “road rage” unfolded between the two. Upon exiting I-80 at Vista Boulevard, the two vehicles came to a stop and a fight broke out between the drivers. At one point, one of the drivers brandished a handgun and fired at the other driver, striking him in his front torso. Leary said he was unable to release the name of the injured driver.

Anyone who witnessed the driving behavior of either vehicle prior to the incident is asked to call the Sparks Police Detective Division at 353-2225 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.

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