A Tennessee man who used an assault rifle to shoot and critically wounded a trucker in a road rage incident was sentenced to 26 years in prison.
Edwin Ray, a driver for FedEx, was behind the wheel in Memphis, Tennessee when he says a minivan aggressively pulled up next to him and made rude hand gestures. The man driving the minivan, Keith Austin, then pulled up ahead.
Shortly after, the two drivers were next to each other at a stop sign. According to a witness, Austin got out of his minivan with a high powered assault rifle.
Just as he started to pull away, Ray heard a loud bang and then noticed that he had been shot. Austin had fired a shot at the driver’s side door of the truck and the bullet went right through.
Ray was shot in the leg and transported to an area hospital in critical condition. He went on to make a full recovery.
The witness who saw the shooting take place wrote down the license plate number of Austin’s van and police were able to track him down. Austin had a long criminal record with a total of 42 charges including assault and drug charges.
Adding to that list, Austin was convicted of attempted second-degree murder, aggravated assault, and the employment of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony. He was sentenced to 26 years in prison.