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Wasilla Road-Rage Case Ramps Up to Gunfire

Published On: Jul 01 2014 04:51:00 PM AKDT

Alaska State Troopers are trying to find out more about a Wasilla-area road rage incident Tuesday morning, which escalated to shots being fired at two people in a vehicle from a green convertible.

According to an AST dispatch on the case, a 52-year-old Wasilla man called troopers just before 5:30 a.m. to report the gunfire, near Teeland Middle School on Seldon Road.

“Investigation revealed (the man and his passenger were) traveling eastbound in a Ford Escort on Schrock Road near Lucille Street in Wasilla when they came up behind a dark green convertible sports-car type sedan with a black top occupied by two white males,” troopers wrote. “A leap-frog road rage scenario ensued.”

The events leading to the shots fired began when the convertible’s driver attempted to confront the caller at a nearby intersection, by getting out of the vehicle and standing in the Escort’s path.

“The driver of the Escort then attempted to flee from the convertible.  Once on Seldon and approaching Seward-Meridian Parkway, the convertible pulled alongside the Escort and fired multiple rounds from a handgun toward the Escort before fleeing eastbound on Seldon Road.”

While one of the rounds struck the Escort and damaged its undercarriage, AST spokesperson Beth Ipsen says the cabin wasn’t penetrated. It’s not immediately clear how many shots were fired.

“This is a vehicle similar to a (Mitsubishi) Eclipse,” Ipsen said.

Troopers are continuing to investigate the case, which Ipsen says began with the two vehicles alternately passing each other.

“Nothing’s worth getting this mad at,” Ipsen said.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call AST at 907-352-5401 or Mat-Su Crimestoppers at 907-745-3333; tips can be submitted anonymously at the Mat-Su Crimestoppers website.