2 dead in suspected road rage shootings in Oklahoma


ARAPAHO, Okla. (AP) — A man firing randomly from his pickup truck killed two people in separate shootings on an Oklahoma interstate, a local sheriff said. The suspected shooter surrendered early Thursday and was being held in a county jail.

Custer County Sheriff Bruce Peoples said reports came in at about 11:50 p.m. Wednesday of a man firing at vehicles on Interstate 40 in Canadian County, which is adjacent to Oklahoma City. The man apparently continued driving west on the interstate, firing at vehicles as he drove fast and erratically, the sheriff said.

One person was fatally shot in the Caddo County town of Hydro and another was killed more than 10 miles away in Weatherford, Peoples said. In both cases, the driver was able to pull over to the shoulder of the road after the shooting, he said.

The suspect eventually surrendered without incident shortly before 1 a.m. Thursday in Custer County, Peoples said. The man is being booked in the Custer County jail and authorities have not yet interviewed him to determine a motive, but they don’t suspect anyone was specifically targeted.

“He shot so many vehicles that it would have been totally impractical to assume he knew them,” Peoples said, describing the case as a suspected road rage incident.

Multiple other vehicles were struck by gunfire in the incident, but those drivers escaped injury, Peoples said.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol are also investigating.

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