The Metro Police Department is investigating after a man was fatally shot in his car in Antioch on Saturday morning. Investigators have released a new video in an attempt to apprehend the gunman who opened fire.
The Metro Nashville Tweeted in their twitter account On October 10, 2021 in hopes of getting any information about the gunman.
“Pls help us identify the gunman who on Saturday morning fatally shot Emilio Lopez-Lajuj, 33, in an apparent case of road rage in the 900 block of Richards Road. The suspect drove a newer model black Dodge Charger with tinted windows and black wheels. Info? Call 615-742-7463.” Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville)
At 9:50 a.m., police responded to a call in the 900 block of Richards Road and discovered an unresponsive man in the driver’s seat of his Toyota Camry with a gunshot wound to his upper left leg. According to police, his car was still running and in the drive.
Emilio Lopez-Lajuj, 33, has been identified as the victim, according to MNPD. Lopez-Lajuj was pronounced dead at the scene.
When a newer model black Dodge Charger with black wheels and tinted windows drove around Lopez-Toyota Lajuj’s Camry, it was captured on a surveillance video. Lopez-Lajuj was driving slowly west on Richards Road when the incident occurred.
According to homicide detectives, Lopez-Lajuj collided with the Dodge Charger’s driver’s side rear quarter panel. Before the shooting, the other driver and the victim got out of their cars and began arguing.
The suspect drove off toward I-24 and Haywood Lane.
(Anyone with information about the fatal shooting should call Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.)
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has distinguished between road rage and aggressive driving in terms of the law. Tailgating, speeding, or blocking another car from passing are all examples of aggressive driving.
Road rage is more severe because it frequently involves a hostile intent toward another driver. This includes ramming another vehicle, physically fighting another driver on the side of the road, or threatening or causing harm with a weapon.
The Zebra examined the driving habits of 1,500 Americans in March 2021 and discovered several insights about road rage and aggressive driving and according to them:
- Drivers reported that the most frequently witnessed act of road rage (45.4%) was another driver angrily honking their horn.
- 38.9% of drivers witnessed other drivers signaling rude hand gestures to other drivers in an act of road rage.
- Most drivers reported (30%) that the most frustrating thing another driver can do is driving while distracted with their phone. Only 6.8% reported that traffic was the most annoying thing about driving.
- 26.5% of drivers use music or a podcast to calm down after getting angry while driving.
Because of the COVID-19, the driving and driving behaviors changed in 2020 to 2021.
- In one year, there was a reported drop in 1.9% reported feelings of road rage.
- Distracted driving, tailgating, and cutting off other drivers are still the most enraging behaviors, but reported numbers are lower.
- Overall, feelings of frustration while driving have dropped in the past year.
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