In an unusual and nearly deadly road rage incident in Florida, two girls, one 5 years old, the other 13 were shot. Both of the girls fathers, William Hale, 36, and Frank Allison, 43, have been arrested on 2nd degree attempted murder charges.
In a news conference on Monday, Nassau County sheriff Bill Leeper said that William Hale, 36, and Frank Allison, 43, were driving separate vehicles on October 8th with their daughters when they began arguing with one another during a road rage incident.
A witness called 911 and said that the two men were driving erratically and “brake checking” each other. The witness also said that the two men were playing a “cat and mouse” game on the road.
According to Sheriff Leeper, William Hale was driving a black Dodge Ram when he pulled up alongside Frank Allison’s gray Nissan Murano. Hale screamed out of his window instructing Allison to pull over.
Sheriff Leeper says that a passenger in Frank Allison’s Nissan made on obscene gesture at William Hale. Someone in Hale’s vehicle then threw a plastic water bottle into Allison’s vehicle.
Then, according to Leeper, Allison grabbed his Sig Saur 45mm handgun and fired one shot at Hale’s truck before speeding away, Leeper said. The bullet striking William Hale’s 5-year-old daughter in the leg.
When Hale realized that his daughter had been shot, he allegedly pursued Allison’s truck and fired several bullets from his Glock 43 9mm handgun. One of the bullets hit Allison’s 14-year-old daughter in the back, collapsing her lung.
Sheriff Leeper says that both men continued speeding when they saw a Sheriff’s vehicle on the side of the road. They pulled over and began fist fighting until a deputy split them up.
Both children were rushed to the hospital and both were expected to survive their injuries.
Both men have been charged with second-degree attempted murder. They were each booked on a $150,000 bond and have both been released. They have not entered a plea, and court records do not reflect attorneys authorized to speak on their behalf.
Leeper says that both men are lucky that no one was killed in the incident. The sheriff also asked rhetorically,
“What’s scarier than one crazy driver with a gun? Two crazy drivers with a gun.”
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