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Shots fired at RaceTrac in wild early morning scene


 The rear window of this car was shot out in an early morning altercation at the RaceTrac. Photo/Jessica Fowler

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   A wild early morning scene unfolded at Racetrac Tuesday when the driver of a maroon Lexus fired several shots from a shotgun at another vehicle carrying an infant among the passengers.

   Amazingly, no one was injured and investigators have already identified the suspect.

   One witness at the gas pumps, Jessica Fowler, told the Progress she saw the cars chase each other around the busy convenience store parking lot while the driver in the Lexus, an older male, had a gun out the window. The driver fired at the vehicle whose passengers included two men, one woman and an infant.

      She said all the passengers in the car crouched down except the driver. One of the shots shattered the back window of the victims’ car. Fowler said the man yelled some obscenities and “you don’t know who you are messing with” before driving off.

     The witness said the shooter might have driven off after realizing the number of witnesses on cell phones calling 911.

      Jasper Police Chief Greg Lovell said they already have the suspect identified and are working with the Pickens sheriff on a joint investigation. He said there are conflicting statements among the victims about where the shooting began, with the episode stretching from Tate and the rolling altercation proceeding to Racetrac.

            The passengers in the car told the witness that they were trying to get to a crowded public place.