TRACY — Witnesses told investigators Wednesday they watched as a road rage incident in Tracy turned into a shooting that left a man wounded.
“They were both acting crazy,” Kevin Nolen told FOX40.
Nolen says he was driving with his kids when they noticed a black and a silver car driving recklessly near Tracy Boulevard and Howard Road.
Just after 4 p.m., the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office says callers reported a road rage incident between two drivers in the area of South Tracy Boulevard and Howard Road.
A driver in a silver car reportedly shot at a man driving a black car.
“The black car was wrecked and had bullet holes all across the passenger side,” Nolen said.
They also didn’t notice the driver inside.
“We didn’t know if they were dead on the ground or took off and ran,” Nolen said.
The victim was able to run away from the shooter, according to the sheriff’s office. Officers later discovered his car had hit a fence.
San Joaquin County deputies told FOX40 the driver was shot in the knee and continued driving.
“He crashed his vehicle down the road into a fence, and he began running down the street,” Andrea Lopez, a San Joaquin County Sheriff’s office spokeswoman, told FOX40.
Investigators believe the gunman’s car headed north on Tracy Boulevard before rolling into a ditch. The California Highway Patrol was unable to find the suspect in the area.
Lopez says deputies are investigating the incident as a possible road rage incident.
This serves as a reminder for all drivers say deputies.
“We recommend that anyone who’s driving, and they see someone upset with their driving that they not engage with them. You never know what they have in their vehicle if they have a weapon inside their car,” Lopez said
The sheriff’s office says the victim, who is in his 20s or 30s, was hospitalized with injuries that were not life-threatening.
Nolen says he knows it could have been worse.
“Luckily he’s not dead because he could very easily be dead,” Nolen said.
If you have any information about the shooting, call 209-468-4400.