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Road rage ends with gunfire; one arrested

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Wallace Darley and his wife were watching TV Thursday afternoon when an unthinkable sound rang out.

"All at once, out of the blue, 'Bam, bam, bam, bam' -- four shots. I jumped up ran outside and everything was over with," he recalled. "It sounded like it came out of the intersection here."

His neighbor had a closer call.

"He heard the bullet go through the trees, so he came back up and got in the house because he was afraid something might hit him," Timothy Albritton said, speaking about his roommate.

Deputies say it started with road rage at U.S 301 and Rhodine Road. The driver of a Chevy Tahoe accused the other of running him off the road. They argued and then drove off before clashing again.

Deputies said the verbal fight turned into a physical one within a matter of moments as both men pulled off Rhodine Road and fought.

Deputies said it eventually ended off of Balm Riverview and Rhodine as the two sat at a four-way stop, waiting to go through the intersection. The driver of the Tahoe, identified by deputies as James W. Gritzinger, saw a white minivan parked nearby with a man standing outside of it.

Deputies said he had a gun, and shot the Tahoe four times with a laser sight-equipped pistol.

According to deputies, James Reynolds Sr. was the other driver and he had called his son, James Reynolds Jr., during the altercation. They believe the younger Reynolds was the man with the minivan; he was arrested late Friday afternoon on charges of shooting into an occupied vehicle.

The people who live nearby are happy everyone is alive.

"It is a little scary now. I mean a bullet going through, it could have easily come through the house," said Albritton.

"My wife and I have kind of gotten used to each other and one of us wouldn't want to lose the other if we wouldn't have to," added Darley.

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