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Posted on Wed, Oct 31, 2012 : 7:58 a.m.

Police: New incident on I-96 was road rage, not shooting

By Cindy Heflin

An incident reported along Interstate 96 in Livingston County was a case of road rage and not related to the string of I-96 corridor shootings, the Detroit News reported.

Two motorists were involved in a yelling match on the side of the freeway near Spencer Road, Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Shaw told the newspaper. Their cars were not damaged and there was no assault.


State Police Lt. Michael Shaw speaks to the media Monday.

Courtney Sacco |

The report initially sparked fears that it was another in a string of shootings that has had motorists in the area on edge for several weeks.

The report follows an incident earlier one this week on U.S. 23 near I-96 in Livingston County. In that incident, police said a projectile went through a car window, but they did not believe it was a shooting. State Police Tuesday said it appears to have been a rock, The News reported.

On Tuesday, police stopped a number of cars that appear to be involved in "suspicious activities" along some southeast Michigan roads and freeways in an effort to find the man believed to be randomly shooting at passing vehicles, The Associated Press reported.

More than 100 local police, sheriff's deputies, state troopers and federal agents are involved in the case which started Oct. 16 with shootings reported in Wixom, about 25 miles northwest of Detroit.

A West Michigan man was shot in the buttocks Saturday while driving to Detroit along Interstate 96 in Livingston County. He is the only person wounded so far, but the suspect is believed to be shooting at people — not just their vehicles, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard told The Associated Press Tuesday.

The FBI and ATF announced on Monday that they, along with Crime Stoppers are offering a $102,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect in the string of shooting incidents, which now total 24. One person has been injured.



Wed, Oct 31, 2012 : 8:16 p.m.

@Gman; No, it makes as much sense as the last time they locked the school down due to the US23 non-event.


Wed, Oct 31, 2012 : 7:24 p.m.

Why, You think one of the students is the shooter?


Wed, Oct 31, 2012 : 6:06 p.m.

I hope they locked down all the area schools. You just can't be too careful you know.

Jon Wax

Wed, Oct 31, 2012 : 5:23 p.m.

1. "if all the other drivers in the other cars had been carrying weapons, this wouldn't have happened!" ok so where are the folks from the other article the other day who were so hyped up on the john wayne sauce? i'm going to go ahead and pitch in their 2 pennies for 'em. 2. "oh, good. it was only a road rage incident. that's a relief" insert price is right fail music. 3. the united states military has GREAT gear that can locate the sound of incoming gun fire from 360 degrees VERY fast. any chance we could borrow one of those things for a while? could prove kinda useful in the ongoing search for the other guy. Peace


Wed, Oct 31, 2012 : 7:59 p.m.

3 - It's hunting season....good luck with the gunfire detector thingy.


Wed, Oct 31, 2012 : 2:18 p.m.

I'll just be glad when they nail this guy. I-96 in Livingston country has been a ghost town w/the exception of law enforcement. Gotta drive the speed limit now.