2 men injured in apparent road rage shooting on near northwest side


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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.-- Police say two men were injured in a gunfight outside a business on Indy's near northwest side Tuesday.

Officers were called to the scene at the Auto Zone in the 2800 block of Lafayette Road, south of West 30th Street, around 11:45 a.m.

Police say the violence started with a case of road rage in the Auto Zone parking lot.

Witnesses say one driver cut off another and within seconds the driver of a black car and the passenger of a maroon car opened fire on each other.

"Basically he jumped out with his gun and my buddy jumped out with his gun and they started having a little gun battle, so I was ducking down trying to get out of the way," said Dell Howard.

Both gunmen were wounded and a bullet shattered Dell Howard’s windshield, but somehow Howard escaped with his life.

"The bullet had to go over my shoulder because I was ducking down. The bullet went right by me," said Howard. "I thought I got hit, but it was glass that hit my face."

"This is a perfect example of what not to do," said IMPD officer Aaron Hamer. "Words were exchanged and as a result of them arguing both started shooting at each other."

While police describe the shooting as road rage, Howard claims the gunmen were not strangers. Still, police say arguments should never escalate to shootings.

"I think it’s important if you realize you’re driving and someone is being aggressive, it's best to contact police. Call us and we’ll respond," said Hamer.

The shootout gave Howard flashbacks to the death of his son, Dell Howard Jr. The 35-year-old man was shot to death in early December near his car on the sidewalk of North Lasalle.

Luckily, everyone involved in the shooting in this parking lot should survive to tell the tale.

"My son, he got shot in the head four times," recalled Howard. "This was scary. It's real scary to sit between two people firing at each other. That’s a scary situation."

Ultimately, it’ll be up to prosecutors to decide what if any criminal charges the two wounded men will face.

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