Chaos came to the LBJ Freeway in Dallas last night as a balding, white man in his 40s apparently opened fire on several other motorists at random. Before he was done, two were dead and 1 person was injured. The bizarre spree began before 6 p.m. with its first fatality in Garland, TX. Jorge Lopez, age 20, was at a red light when someone driving a Ford pickup fired several shots into his Nissan, killing him.
Shots were reported again a few minutes later on the LBJ, but no one was injured. Then 42-year-old trucker William Scott Miller, of Frankfort, KY was killed while driving his 18 wheeler. Police say that Miller, who was going to fly home to spend Christmas with his family, behaved “heroically.” According to Dallas PD Lt. Craig Miller, the trucker was “mortally wounded,” but still “able to control his rig.”
Another shooting occurred a short time later when another truck was hit. The driver radioed in to his dispatcher that he was “getting shot at.” That driver was struck by flying glass but not hurt and his dispatcher called 911.
Police are currently receiving numerous tips about the shooter, who may have been driving an F-150 extended cab pickup with a loud muffler.
Dallas police don’t think these shootings were the result of road rage, per se. Dallas police Sgt. Gil Cerda’s quote, published by several press outlets, seems to characterize their take on the spree, so far, “For whatever reason, this person is upset with something or someone and he’s taking it out on
innocent victims going down the road, and that’s very scary.”
Scary indeed, because shooters like this, if not caught quickly, may get their rage on again. [KHOU.com, UPI]