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VIDEO: Road rage perp physically attacks motorist on Philly street, chucks heavy debris at vehicle — and appears to grab a gun

A terrifying onslaught of road rage on a Philadelphia street was caught on video, and it showed the assailant physically attack a motorist, heave heavy debris at the motorist’s vehicle — and apparently grab a gun.

Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @G0ddessJay

Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @G0ddessJay

What are the details?

The attacker in the video is a dirt bike rider who was traveling in the city with a large group of dirt bikes and quads, which is illegal, PhillyVoice reported.

The victim — a 25-year-old man in an SUV — had been driving just after 6 p.m. Tuesday when the ATVs came to a sudden stop, and the victim’s SUV hit one of the bikes in the 1100 block of South Broad Street, the outlet said.

Police said the SUV driver exited his vehicle to check on the biker — and the biker became combative and demanded payment for the damages, PhillyVoice reported.

A witness’ video shows portions of the rider’s subsequent attack, the outlet said. The first part shows the rider punching the SUV driver, who appears to be pinned between the driver-side door and the SUV:

Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @G0ddessJay

Then the enraged rider walks away from the SUV apparently toward the group with whom he’d been traveling and shouts, “Let me see that!” The biker then reaches out and appears to grab a gun from someone not visible in the clip:

Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @G0ddessJay

“No, bro!” a woman who apparently was recording the incident is heard yelling. “Chill, chill, chill, chill!”

Another clip shows the rider picking up what appeared to be heavy debris from the street and chucking it at both sides of the SUV, and the vehicle’s windows appear to shatter:

Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @G0ddessJay

Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @G0ddessJay

Police told PhillyVoice the SUV driver reported minor injuries from the attack and from being cut by broken glass. A passenger in the SUV who was not seen in the video also suffered unspecified injures, a police spokesperson added to the outlet.

Here’s the video of the attack. Content warning: Racial slurs and profanity:

What happened next?

Police told PhillyVoice they received and are reviewing the video — and have a “person of interest” in custody.

Authorities have not released the identity of the individual brought in Thursday night but said additional information will follow when formal charges are filed, the outlet reported.

“Like most, I was both shocked and sickened by the utter lawlessness I saw in that video,” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said, PhillyVoice noted. “The individual responsible is in custody, and I want to thank our detectives for their quick work in identifying the suspect. I also wish a speedy and full recovery to the victims of this senseless assault.”

No weapons had been recovered as of Thursday afternoon, police told the outlet, and South Philadelphia detectives were still investigating.

Anything else?

PhillyVoice said the incident highlights “two ongoing dilemmas in the city: the prevalence of guns and the problems with illegal ATV and dirt bike riders on Philadelphia streets.”

The outlet said it’s illegal to operate such vehicles in Philadelphia — yet “ATV and dirt bike riders have been known to ride in large groups — particularly on Broad Street — and create dangerous conditions for other motorists.”

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Man points rifle at motorist in apparent road rage incident. But motorist grabs his own gun — and pulls trigger.

Joshua G. Taylor called 911 Friday afternoon after he was involved in a collision with another driver in what he called a road rage incident, the
River City News reported.

But while he was stopped on the side of Interstate 75 near Ft. Wright, Kentucky — and still on the phone with dispatchers — Taylor said he could see the other driver approaching with a rifle, the paper said.

What happened next?

The recording of the 911 call included a verbal confrontation between Taylor and John Patrick Abell before gunshots were heard, the News said, citing a release from Kenton County Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Sanders’ office.

Taylor told dispatch he fired shots from his own gun and struck Abell, the paper said, after which Taylor began administering first aid.

Abell, 41, was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead from multiple gunshot wounds, the News noted, adding that police questioned Taylor, 43, and released him Friday evening.

Sanders told the paper no charges would be filed since the incident involved the use of justifiable force.

“Kentucky law states an individual is justified in the use of physical force upon another when the individual believes such force is necessary to protect against the use of unlawful force by another person,” Sanders said, according to the News. “The investigation by Ft. Wright and Kenton County Police Departments conclusively found the shooter was reasonably in fear for his own life and responded lawfully.”

Investigators found a Tikka 30-06 rifle on the ground near the spot where Abell fell, the paper said, adding that a Taurus 9 mm handgun was recovered from Taylor — who’s believed to have fired four times.

While Abell didn’t fire his rifle — it was unloaded with a trigger lock in place — Sanders told the News “there was no way for Mr. Taylor to know the rifle being stuck in his face was inoperable, so that does not make his reaction unreasonable or unlawful.”

Sanders added to the paper that “anyone who has a gun pointed at him should always assume the gun is loaded.”

Both Abell and Taylor were lawfully in possession of their guns, the News said, adding that Kentucky no longer requires a permit to carry concealed weapons and doesn’t require gun registration.

Anything else?

The paper said that while Abell’s autopsy and toxicology reports are still pending, investigators found multiple empty liquor containers in Abell’s SUV, and witnesses suspected Abell was impaired due to his driving before the collision.

“Mr. Taylor was coming home from his place of employment in Boone County,” Sanders told the News, “and Mr. Abell is believed to have been headed home from a day of fishing.”

As the two vehicles approached an on-ramp, contact between the two caused Abell’s SUV to spin out, coming to rest in the gore between the interstate and the on-ramp, the News reported. Then Taylor pulled over and called 911.

Sanders added to the paper that it’s unknown why Abell was driving aggressively.

More from the News:

Investigators from Ft. Wright and Kenton County Police interviewed over a dozen witnesses to the crash and shooting. All of the statements were essentially consistent and supported Taylor’s account of events. Multiple witnesses also supplied police with photos taken on cell phones. Abell can be seen in photos with his rifle in hand, threatening a bystander before pointing the gun at Taylor while he is still seated in his vehicle.

The following report from WKRC-TV aired before Sanders’ determination of justifiable force:

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South Carolina college student and stepfather fatally shot in head following car accident

Charles Nicholas Wall, 45, and his stepdaughter Laura Ashley Anderson, 21, were shot and killed following a car accident on Monday in Georgetown, South Carolina. A third shooting victim, Paul McConnell, survived the road rage attack, according to WPDE-TV. The Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office identified the suspect as Ty Sheem Ha Sheem Walters III, 23, from Moncks Corner.

The shooting happened around 5 p.m. on Aug. 24 when the stepfather went to deliver keys to Anderson after she accidentally locked herself out of her newly-purchased home. She had just moved in and was selling an old set of bunk beds to someone online, who was coming over to make the pick-up.

Wall’s car was allegedly rear-ended as he turned into the driveway of Anderson’s home. Walters reportedly got out of his vehicle and shot Wall, Anderson, and McConnell.

“It actually happened in her yard, waiting for the keys to get to her,” Lynn Lambert, a close friend of the family, told WPDE-TV.

According to WB-TV, when law enforcement arrived at the scene, one of the victims had already been taken to the hospital, and a second was being given CPR by an emergency medical technician. McConnell was walking around with a gunshot wound to his left wrist. Wall was shot at least twice in the head and torso, Fox News reported. Anderson was shot at least once in the head.

Walters allegedly fled the scene by foot and ran into the woods. Police immediately established a perimeter and apprehended Walters around 6:30 p.m., according to the Georgetown Times’ Post and Courier.

Walters was charged with two counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and the illegal possession of a firearm. He was denied bail by the judge.

“I don’t understand how a simple fender bender they called it could turn into double murder and an attempted to murder,” Lambert said. “Why? I honestly didn’t think it was real. Who does this?”

“She was so sweet, always smiling, would do anything for anybody,” she said of Anderson.

“She wanted to be a teacher like her mama. She was getting ready to start school. She was getting everything in order,” Lambert said of Anderson, who was getting ready to start college next week. “Everything was starting to fall in place for her.”

“She won’t get to get to get married, she won’t get to have children,” she said.

“They both meant so much to so many people,” Jenna Johnson, the Anderson’s aunt and Wall’s sister-in-law, told WCBD-TV.

“Anyone who’s ever met or known Laura or Nick, they knew two of the most wonderful people,” said Johnson. “My niece was simply a gorgeous person inside and out. She had a very positive bubbly personality. She was starting school next week to become a teacher just like her mom.”

“She had a very close relationship with her mom, Kimberly, who’s my sister-in-law; and she absolutely adored her siblings, especially her little sister Jenna, who has Down’s syndrome,” Johnson said.

“She’s an amazing sister-in-law, amazing daughter, amazing mother, and a wife and I just can’t imagine what she’s going through right now. My brother-in-law Nick absolutely loved my sister-in-law with his whole heart. He absolutely loved God and loved his family. They both meant so much to so many people. Entire communities feel shattered today.”

Kimberly Wall, Laura’s mother and wife of Charles, told WMBF-TV, “I’m having to bury one of my children and my husband. It’s such a freak thing. I don’t know why this would happen. I just don’t understand. It’s just devastating. I don’t know how we’re going to go forward.”

Kimberly Wall remembered how her daughter always said, “I love you.” “She said, ‘You should always say I love you when you leave because something might happen.’ She would say, ‘I love you, mom,’ and if I did not immediately say it she’d say, ‘I love you, mom,’ just to make sure I said it back and I’d say, ‘I love you too Laura,'” Kimberly recalled.

“My husband Nick loved everybody. He would do anything for anybody,” Kimberly Wall said of her husband. “He was loving and had a heart of gold.”

“Every morning, Nick Wall would wait on me to wake up so he could put his arm around me or grab my hand. We’d chat a bit before getting ready for work,” Kimberly Wall wrote on Facebook. “This is the 3rd morning without him. Without his arm around me. Without him holding my hand. Without his hug and kiss before leaving or when arriving home. I am so lost.”

“Most mornings, Laura would call or text to see if we had made coffee. She’d ask me to bring her some on my way to town but usually would follow up with, ‘Never mind, I’ll come down there,'” she continued. “The flavored creamer she bought on Sunday is in my fridge waiting for her to come make her cup of coffee. I miss that morning phone call or text. I miss my baby. My beautiful girl. It is not an exaggeration or bias to say that two of the most genuine, loving, compassionate people in the world were taken from me on Monday. Were taken from their families and friends. I am broken-hearted.”

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