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Middletown Transcript
  • Man shot in ‘road rage’ dispute near Middletown

  • A 20-year-old man is in critical condition after being shot early Saturday morning in what police are describing as a “possibly road rage incident” that occurred in the parking lot of the Biddles Toll Plaza, north of Middletown.
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  • A 20-year-old man is in critical condition after being shot early Saturday morning in what police are describing as a “possibly road rage incident” that occurred in the parking lot of the Biddles Toll Plaza, north of Middletown.
    The identity of the victim has not been released, but police did say they are searching for four men who were last seen in a dark-colored sedan with a shattered window on its rear driver side.
    Delaware State Police spokesman Sgt. Paul Shavack said investigators believe the incident began about 2:15 a.m. when the victim, a passenger in a Toyota Camry, exchanged physical gestures with the occupants of the sedan as both cars traveled north on Del. Route 1 about three miles south of the toll plaza.
    After passing through a cash lane at the toll, the sedan pulled into the parking lot of the Biddles Toll Plaza, followed by the Toyota.
    The 20-year-old passenger exited the Toyota and confronted the occupants of the sedan, striking the driver’s side rear window and shattering the glass, Shavack said.
    The four men inside the sedan got out of the car and a fight began, culminating in one of the men shooting the victim in the upper body with a handgun.
    After the shooting, the four men drove away and were last seen heading north on U.S. Route 13 toward the St. Georges Bridge.
    The victim and the 20-year-old driver of the Toyota fled on Route 1 before stopping on the William V. Roth Bridge, where they called 911, he said.
    The victim was then taken to a local hospital where he was admitted in critical condition. The 20-year-old driver of the Toyota was not injured.
    The Roth Bridge was initially closed in both directions, followed by intermittent lane closures for about 90 minutes.
    Shavack said state troopers are in the process of conducting interviews, collecting evidence at the scene and reviewing surveillance video.
    Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Delaware State Police by calling (302) 365-8426.
    Anonymous information also can be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333, online at www.tipsubmit.com or by texting 274637 (CRIMES) and starting your message with the keyword “DSP.”

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