Two Dads Shoot Each Other’s Daughters in Road Rage Gunfight

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A high-speed game of “cat and mouse” between two strangers William Hale, 35, and Frank Allison, 43, ended with both of their daughters being shot and the men fighting on the side of the highway.

According to Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper, a 5-year-old and a 14-year-old riding in separate vehicles were struck by bullets when the drivers, their fathers, started shooting. Two vehicles, a Dodge Ram pickup truck and a Nissan Murano, were driving out of control on Highway 1 north of Jacksonville into Nassau County, Florida, at around 6 p.m.

According to a witness, the vehicles were driving aggressively, playing “cat and mouse” with each other and “brake-checking” one another. Brake-checking is when drivers maneuver in front of each other and slam on the brakes.

Leeper said that Hale’s 5-year-old daughter was shot in the leg during the gunfight, and Allison’s 14-year-old daughter was shot in the back, resulting in a collapsed lung.

The situation when down when William Hale, 36, driving the Dodge Ram drove alongside Frank Allison, 43, driving the Nissan Murano. Hale began shouting at Allison. Hale was “flipped off” by a passenger in the Nissan Murano, Leeper said. Someone from the Dodge Ram threw a plastic water bottle through an open window into the Nissan Murano.

As Allison drove away, he responded by firing one shot at the Dodge Ram with a gun. According to Leeper, Hale was unaware anyone had been shot until his passengers began screaming. His 5-year-old daughter, who was in the back seat, had been struck by the bullet. Hale then accelerated towards Allison. He then fired back with his own gun into the Nissan, emptying the clip, Leeper said.

The Nissan Murano was hit by three bullets, and one penetrated the rear, striking a 14-year-old girl in the back and causing her lung to collapse. Soon afterward, the drivers stopped their vehicles and began fighting. It took a responding deputy to break up the argument, Leeper said.

Both children were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The Sheriff said, “What’s scarier than one crazy driver with a gun? Two crazy drivers with a gun.”

The Sheriff added, “Thankfully, no one was killed in this incident, but it could have very easily turned out that way because two people were acting stupid and let their tempers get the best of them. “There could have been two dead kids because of two stupid grown men,” he said.

In both cases, Hale and Allison face one count of attempted murder.

For more coverage on this story, see the additional news sources below:

Dads shot each other’s daughters in Florida road-rage gunfight: cops NY Post

2 men arrested after 2 children shot in road rage incident, Nassau County sheriff says News4Jax

2 men arrested after 2 children shot in Florida road rage attack, sheriff says ClickOrlando

Girls Allegedly Shot by Each Other’s Road Raging Dads: ‘Dumb and Dumber’ Newsmax

5-year-old and 14-year-old shot in road rage fight between two men, Florida police say Miami Herald

https://www.facebook.com/NassauCountySheriff/videos/801725557813068 Nassau County Sheriff

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