ANDERSON, Ind. — One man is dead and another is in jail following a road rage shooting in Anderson.
Early Monday police announced they arrested an 18-year-old suspect.
Police say when they arrived on the intersection of Broadway and Webster Street on Sunday morning and found the victim in the street.
Police believe a confrontation between drivers turned deadly after a man riding his motorcycle got upset with the driver of a car.
“He was unhappy he was almost struck by the vehicle. He followed them that came to a stop at a stop sign,” said Madison County prosecutor Rodney Cummings.
That’s when prosecutor Cummings says Raymond Waymire walked up to the driver he believed nearly hit him.
Court records claim a passenger in the car, 18-year-old Zachary Hileman, then pulled out a gun and fired the fatal shot.
The shooting suspect is behind bars at the Madison County jail on a preliminary charge of murder.
In the meantime, the prosecutor and police hope the case serves as a lesson for drivers everywhere.
“There’s such a lack of civility these days and it seems everyone has a firearm now. Cool off. It’s not that serious,” said Cummings.
Still, road rage violence isn’t unique to Anderson.
So far this year, Indiana State Police have investigated 51 interstate shootings in and around Indianapolis, including a deadly road rage incident along I-65 and Lafayette road in March.
Those numbers mark a dramatic increase compared to the 23 shootings seen all of last year.
“You can help us help you by remaining calm. Drive out here like everyone you’re driving with is someone you know and love,” said Indiana State Police captain Ron Galaviz.
Captain Galaviz discourages all drivers from engaging in any behavior behind the wheel that can escalate tensions and potentially lead to violence.
“We share the road together so we all own a part of the safety on our roadways,” said Galaviz. “Do not let yourself get engaged in hand gesturing or horn honking because you don’t know what might precipitate an event like that.”
“Call the police. Make a report. Let cooler heads prevail. It seems everybody is so angry. It’s formula for these kind of problems unfortunately,” said Cummings.
Hileman is being held without bond pending the filing of formal charges.