What’s Happening on our Highways? Three Shootings in Five Days on Tennessee Roads

In the last five days, there have been three separate incidents where a person driving a vehicle shot at another driver.  The shootings are not isolated to once city.  One occurred in Nashville, another in Memphis, and the most recent in Chattanooga.  The Nashville shooting resulted in the death of a 32-year-old man.

Friday April 21, 2017
21-year-old charged in fatal road rage shooting near Nissan Stadium

Metro police reported Frederick Owens Jr., 21, was taken into custody for shooting and killing 32-year-old Deangelo Foxx.

32-year-old Deangelo Foxx, was shot while in the front passenger seat of a Toyota Camry.

According to a release, Foxx’s girlfriend was driving when she attempted to merge into traffic on Shelby Avenue.  Witnesses told police words were exchanged between them and the driver of a white car, according to police.

The driver fired multiple shots into the Camry, striking Foxx.


Sunday April 23, 2017
Police: Two charged in road rage incident stretching across Midtown

Two men are facing charges as police call it a case of road rage.

Christopher Shanklin is facing a list of charges, including three counts of aggravated assault, after officers say he opened fire on Joe Tockey, who is also charged with aggravated assault.

A crash report shows the initial fight began a mile and a half away at North Parkway and McLean.

Police said Shanklin pulled in front of Tockey, slammed on the brakes, causing Tockey to rear-end his vehicle, and took off. From there Tockey began chasing him, he says to get Shanklin’s tag number.

Tockey claimed he was brake-checked several times until they reached Peabody and Lemaster, where they collided again. This time police say Shanklin got out of his vehicle and fired a shot, grazing Tockey’s ear and shoulder. From there Shanklin began chasing Tockey until he laid on the ground.


Tuesday April 25, 2017
UPDATE: Police identify 19-year-old man shot in Brainerd Tunnel

A 19-year-old male arrived at a local hospital after being shot in the Brainerd Tunnel on Tuesday afternoon, prompting Chattanooga police to shut down part of the tunnel temporarily for investigation.

Adrian Williams suffered a minor gunshot wound and walked into a local hospital just before 3:30 p.m. He told police he was driving westbound through the tunnel when he was struck by gunfire from another passing vehicle.