Police look for suspect in armed road rage standoff

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) South Burlington Police are looking for a suspect that fired shots at another driver in an apparent episode of road rage Sunday night.

Police say it happened in the Holiday Inn parking lot around 10 p.m. They say a 65-year-old Minnesota driver pulled into the lot because he was lost and needed directions. As he was checking his phone, another driver pulled up, angry that the out-of-state driver allegedly sped through a red light and nearly hit his car.

That's when police say things turned ugly. They say the white male reached into the stopped car and hit the other driver in the face. While the victim was trying to drive away, police say the suspect then took out a gun and shot at the victim's car.

A "very narrow miss" is how South Burlington Police Lt. Gregg Jager describes the standoff. He says the bullet hit the front window. fortunately, the victim escaped getting hit, but he was treated for facial injuries from shards of broken glass. Now police are interviewing witnesses and tracking down surveillance video to try to identify the suspect.

"Regardless of whether someone cuts you off in traffic, that does not give you the right to pull a gun. This is a life-threatening event that could have had a very, very different outcome. One or two inches either way and we could be investigating a homicide," Lt. Jager said. And he says while incidents involving a gun are rare, they're noticing a troubling trend. "Unfortunately road rage incidents are becoming more and more common. We don't know why, but we just ask that people take a moment, take a deep breath before they do something rash."

Police say the suspect is in his 50s with salt and pepper hair and slender, about six feet tall. They say he was driving a newer model sedan and that he may have had another passenger inside of it. They're asking anyone with information to call them.