A road rage incident escalated into a felon firing multiple shots at a couple in a car with their 8-month-old twins, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.
It was about 10 p.m. Friday when a couple left a Parkland bowling alley and accidentally cut off a Toyota Camry traveling south on state Route 7.
When both vehicles stopped at a red light, the 33-year-old felon allegedly yelled at the other driver, who yelled back.
The men hurled insults through several red light stops before the felon allegedly pulled out a handgun and shot at the family’s car.
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At least one bullet struck the vehicle, but no one was hurt.
The couple followed the other car to get their license plate and told deputies they saw the man throw a gun out the window.
Deputies found a .40 caliber pistol on the roadside and believe it was used in the shooting.
The felon was arrested nearby and denied having a gun or quarreling with the other driver.
He pleaded not guilty Monday to two counts of first-degree assault, drive-by shooting and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.
Prosecutors said he may also face charges of attempted first-degree assault and reckless endangerment.
The man is being held on $500,000 bail.
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