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Officials: Drivers exchange fire in East Amarillo shooting

Published: Sep. 13, 2021 at 10:21 AM CDT
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AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) - Police said a man driving in East Amarillo was shot at by a passing vehicle this morning.

Officers were called about 5:53 a.m. to the scene near NE 24th Avenue and Grand Street.

The 23-year-old victim said he was east on Hastings Avenue near Hyman Street when a dark-colored SUV attempted to pass his vehicle.

APD said the victim sped up not allowing the vehicle to pass.

Amarillo police are leaning more towards a road rage incident, but will be doing some ‘ballistic testing’ for any connections to the September 6, shootings.

“It’s leaning like it could be more of a road rage due to the fact that they didn’t shoot at the vehicle that was behind the victim just targeting him after he sped up, but we are still investigating it as possibly being something that could be connected until we could say that it’s not,” said Cpl. Jeb Hilton, P.I.O. “At this point I don’t think it’s going to be connected, but we can’t rule it out so we’re defiantly going to investigate it they’re going to do some ballistic testing and different things that they can to try and see if they can connect it or say for sure that it’s not connected at all.”

The vehicle attempted to pass again and the victim slowed down to allow it.

As the suspect passed, someone fired shots at the victim and he returned fire.

APD said the man was not injured.

“I think cautious is good I wouldn’t say there is an active threat because we’ve gone a week now without something like that going on that we can say is for sure connected to that, but you can never be too cautious you know we get to where we are kind of wrapped up in our own worlds now, we don’t see what’s going on around us, especially when we’re driving we’ve got a lot of distractions going on inside of our vehicles, so the more we can be aware the more cautious we can be the better of we will be,” said Cpl. Hilton.

The case is under investigation by the Amarillo Police Department Violent Crimes Unit.

Those with information on the incident are asked to call the unit or Amarillo Crime Stoppers at 806-374-4400.

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