Police release sketch in alleged road-rage incident

February 14, 2012 6:51:19 PM PST
A man who was shot in the stomach when he tried to apologize to another driver in west suburban Lemont remains hospitalized in stable condition.

Police say the 58-year-old man was traveling east on 107th Street around 10:30 a.m. Monday when he said he accidentally cut off a silver or gray pickup truck. The man said when he stopped his car on the side of the road to apologize the other driver got out of his truck, walked over, and shot him the stomach.

The day after, Cook County Sheriff's police are handing out fliers near the intersection of 107th and Archer in the west suburb.

"I was a truck driver for five years, so road rage doesn't affect me. It's something you just can't pay attention to, so you just ignore the people around you and protect yourself and that's it," Travis Tucker said.

"We all have had numerous stories about road rage cases, many of us have seen them ourselves, but to have a scenario where someone takes the time to pull over to apologize and the other comes and shoots them, no one has heard of this before," Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said.

The victim called 9-1-1 from his cell phone. There were no reports of other drivers pulling over or helping the victim, but Sheriff Dart is confident that there are witnesses. He said, "There is a strong possibility that numerous people were driving by. There was some activity of road rage going on before hand."

"You sit there and say to yourself, we have to keep everything in perspective here, who cares, move over. Let the person by. It just cost you two seconds of your life to let this idiot by," Sheriff Dart said. "This whole incident is bizarre. To have a scenario where someone takes the time to pull over to apologize, and then someone shoots them, this obviously is a very dangerous individual."

Late Tuesday, police released a sketch of the suspect. They said he could possibly be a white male with an olive complexion.

Anyone with information should call police.