Two enraged fathers were charged with attempted murder in Florida after engaging in a road-rage gunfight, shooting each other’s daughters and then brawling on an open highway according to authorities.
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The men were strangers to each other. William Hale, 35, and Frank Allison, 43, got into what authorities called a high-speed “cat and mouse” chase late Saturday, according to the New York Post.
While doing that they took aim at each other’s vehicles with semi-automatic handguns hitting their daughters who were unbelievably in the cars with their parents during the wild ride. After the shootout, they got out and fought on the highway.
Hale’s 5-year-old daughter was hit in the leg and Allison’s 14-year-old daughter was shot in the back, resulting in a collapsed lung, Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper reported on Monday.
“What’s scarier than one crazy driver with a gun? Two crazy drivers with a gun,” the sheriff stated. “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.”
The police department “received multiple 911 calls with reports of people being shot at” on Highway 1 near Callahan in suburban Jacksonville.
According to one witness, a black Dodge Ram pickup was “involved in a cat and mouse game” with a gray Nissan Murano. The witness claimed that another vehicle at one point was also involved before the gun battle took place.
Allison is from Florida and Hale is from Georgia. The sheriff said they were “speeding” and “driving erratically.” He also noted that the two men were brake-checking. That involves “getting in front of each other and applying the brakes,” Leeper told Newsweek.
Hale allegedly pulled his Dodge up alongside the Nissan and started shooting. Allison’s wife, Jessica, proceeded to “flick him off with her middle finger” and got a water bottle thrown at her for it.
“The driver of the Nissan, Allison, then grabbed his Sig Sauer .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun and fired one shot at the Dodge truck before driving away at an average speed,” Leeper recounted, stating that the driver admitted firing the shot “to get out of the situation.”
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“The bullet that Mr. Allison fired went into the right side rear passenger door and struck a 5-year-old girl in the right leg,” the sheriff said.
Hale claimed that “he heard a loud pop but thought nothing of it until everyone started freaking out in the back seat.”
“He then realized his daughter was shot,” the sheriff commented.
At that point, Hale “sped up” and “began firing several shots from his Glock 43 9mm semi-automatic handgun out of the driver window,” the sheriff remarked.
Hale admitted “he shot everything that was in the magazine — seven or eight rounds,” the sheriff reported.
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“At least three bullets struck the Nissan. One of the bullets went through the rear of the vehicle and struck a 14-year-old girl in the back,” Leeper said.
The men’s wives both called 911 during the chase and gunfight. They agreed to pull over and meet with a deputy, court documents show.
Instead of doing that, the sheriff said that the men “got out and started arguing and fighting. The deputy had to break up the fight.”
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“I thought of the movie Dumb and Dumber,” the sheriff said according to Newsweek. “How stupid could two people be to endanger their children, not only by driving recklessly but by shooting a gun at another vehicle while engaged in a road rage incident is just insane.”
Both fathers were arrested and charged with second-degree attempted murder, according to the sheriff. They were each released on $150,000 bond, court records show.
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