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Tennessee road rage: Blood-alcohol tests pending, rage and racism may be factors

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A Tennessee road rage situation got dangerously violent this week, ending up with a man shooting one of the motorists in his front yard. Pending blood-alcohol tests — the latest details on the case also reveal that all three individuals involved in the incident had previous driving records against them — and racism being a possible factor, police are hoping to piece together just what happened outside Knoxville. The Inquisitr shares the most recent updates on this viral headline this Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013.

The Tennessee road rage scare ended with a white man facing attempted murder charges, and at least one black man, a motorcyclist, shot while his fellow biker was struck with the shooter’s SUV. Although there are no findings at this time whether drinking was involved in the matter, blood-alcohol test results are still pending on all three people part of the ongoing case.

Rodney Lee Scott has been revealed as the identity of the suspect charged with attempted murder. He is accused of shooting one of the black motorcyclists he had cut off on a local highway after the bikers followed him back to his house. Scott is now being held in jail on a $1 million dollar bond and under the watch of the Knoxville County Sheriff’s Office. Ironically enough, Scott was arrested back in 2002 on assault charges on the exact same street where the road rage situation took place.

Due to the suspect calling one of the black man numerous racial slurs prior to his arrest, racism is also being investigated by police officials as a possible factor in the shooting.

The press release provides this information on what is known so far regarding the Tennessee road rage turned violent:

“Apparently, as Scott drove in the street he almost collided with two bikers who began gesticulating at him. Scott allegedly returned the waves with obscene gestures before stopping the SUV he was driving and backing into one of them, causing them to fall. But the situation just got worse from there as a witness who had helped to assist to the bikers told police. The two bikers and the witness followed Scott home and called the police to report the incident.”

“As the three men waited in the street for the police to arrive Scott allegedly began shouting racial abuse at one of the bikers who was black. He then went into his garage and came out with a gun in each hand and started shooting the bikers. Allegedly, the biker Tyler Lakin, was hit three times in the back with bullets as Scott continued shooting him while he laid on the street. He was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center where he was declared to be in a ‘stable condition.’”

More charges may be set against Scott if the blood work results do indeed come back showing over-limit signs of alcohol. Both bikers are continuing to be interviewed as police try to determine exactly what happened prior to road rage and subsequent nonfatal shooting.



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