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Tennessee road rage: Possible racial motivation leads to attempted murder charge

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A Tennessee road rage incident has been linked with a possible racial motivation, as an enraged Tennessee man has now been charged with two counts of attempted murder. The Inquisitr suggested on Wednesday that the road rage incident may be racially motivated.

Suspect Rodney Lee Scott is currently being held in jail in lieu of a $1 million bond. On Monday, Scott was involved in an altercation where he allegedly shot a motorcyclist several times and used his SUV to back into another – after almost striking both men with his vehicle as they exited Interstate 640 onto Washington Pike.

Scott, 61, was charged today with attempted first-degree murder, says the East Knoxville County sheriff’s office.

According to witnesses and the police report, the motorcyclists, 23-year-old Tyler Lakin and 33-year-old J.R. Trisler, encountered Scott as he was exiting I-640. The two men claim they saw Scott attempting to exit the highway and waved at him to ensure he saw them.

After Scott allegedly made an inappropriate gesture, the bikers started to pursue Scott’s SUV, claiming he also attempted to ram them off the road. In retaliation, Scott stopped his vehicle in the middle of the road and quickly reversed, hitting Trisler and throwing him from the bike.

The bikers then followed Scott to his home, where the trio exchanged words.

The Inquistr picks up the story, and details the possible racial motivation:

“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, Lakin was hit three times in the back with bullets as Scott continued shooting him while he laid on the street.”

Lakin was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center where he is now in stable condition.

Ironically, according to police records, Monday's altercation occurred on the same street where in 2002, Scott was charged with stopping a car and assaulting a passenger. Those charges were dropped after Scott completed a probation mandate.

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