Jasper County investigators search for road rage shooter

An act of road rage leaves one person shot and injured, and the gunman still on the loose, according to the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office. Other drivers in the Okatie area are on edge after learning road rage led to shots being fired on Short Cut Road.

Investigators say the occupants of two vehicles were involved in road rage on Highway 170, then turned onto Short Cut Road where the shots were fired. They are hoping to learn more from the victim, like a description of the suspect or the suspect’s vehicle description.

The sounds of heavy traffic hitting Short Cut Road are all too familiar to Madison Beard, who works off of the road.

“During the mornings, there’s definitely a lot of traffic as far as dump trucks, cement trucks, stuff like that.  There’s a lot of utility vehicles that come up and down here, and then people going to work,” Beard says.

On Monday just before 7 a.m., there was the sound of gunfire, too. Beard is shocked to hear of the road rage.

“To escalate to gunfire, something like that, no. That’s absolutely absurd. It’s ridiculous,” he says. “I wouldn’t think that something like that would happen…to see like anything like that would escalate to that point, no. I was absolutely blown away.”

Highway Patrol spokesperson Lance Corporal Hannah Wimberly calls it a selfish act, and advises drivers to be patient.

“You don’t know if there’s children in the car, or somebody else,” Wimberly adds.

She advises drivers not to retaliate on someone acting out of road rage.

“It’s not worth it at all. I mean, if you get caught even showing a gun, you know, that’s a threat,” she says.

Meanwhile, Beard hopes a suspect can be identified.

“He needs to get caught. He needs to pay for what he did, because he could have shot anybody through here,” he says.

If you have any information, you can call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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