1 injured after road rage shooting in Knoxville

UPDATE Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.

Police have released a photo of the gray or silver Honda Odyssey van and a description of the man believed to be driving it.

The Knoxville Police Department says the driver is a white man with a thin build, likely in his 30s, with a shaved or bald head.

(source: Knoxville Police Department)

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) —  A confrontation at the intersection of Rutledge Pike and Rosewood Road turned violent Tuesday, leading one driver to open fire on another.

The man shot in the leg was identified by Knoxville Police Department as Charles Dunaway, 48, of Mascot. Investigators believe the shooting occurred after a road rage incident.

Knoxville police say a gray Honda Odyssey van stopped in the lane of traffic causing Dunaway, who was driving a Chevrolet pickup truck, to swerve to avoid a collision.

“At one point, the driver of the Honda Odyssey stopped his vehicle on Rutledge Pike, causing the driver of the pickup to take evasive action to avoid slamming into the rear of the van,” Darrell DeBusk, Knoxville Police Department spokesperson, said.

Police said Dunaway got out of his vehicle to confront the other driver, and that’s when driver of the van fired multiple times.

“It was at that time that the driver of the Honda Odyssey fired from his vehicle at least two to three times, we believe, striking the driver of the pickup truck at least once, maybe twice,” DeBusk said.

They said Dunaway was shot in the leg and was transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries. He was discharged from the hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

Investigators say the van fled the scene. Along with the driver, an adult female and two children were in the van. Witnesses describe the man who fled as a white male.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Knoxville Police Department at 865-215-7212.

Captain Bob Wooldridge with the Knoxville Police Department said there are steps motorists can do to avoid road rage.

“The best thing to do is don’t make eye contact, avoid tailgating them, no obscene gestures,” Wooldridge said. “The best thing to do is just back off, let them go and of course if they continue to do that, the best thing to do is call 9-1-1 but never pull off the side of the road or the median. If need be, get to the next exit.”

He urges drivers to not let emotion take over when faced with road conflict.

“Don’t get caught up in the emotions,” Wooldridge said. “That’s all road rage is. Don’t allow yourself to get angered and mad and all of a sudden you’re caught up in the aggressive, violent behavior, and you’re acting out just like they are in a vehicle. In this day in age, you never know who is armed with a weapon, such as a knife, a bat, a gun, and that’s why it’s so important to just back off, get away and let them go on down the road and not be a part of that, because you want to deescalate it.”

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