Police: Incident on I-96 road rage, not shooting

Published On: Oct 31 2012 06:56:35 AM EDT
Updated On: Oct 31 2012 01:45:44 PM EDT

BRIGHTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. -

The Livingston County Sheriff's Office says an incident Wednesday morning on I-96 was a road rage case and not a shooting.

A driver going eastbound on I-96 near Grand River originally reported that another car sped up next to them and either threw something at their car or shot at it.

Since Oct. 16, there have been 25 reported shootings at cars along or near I-96 in four southeast Michigan counties -- Oakland, Livingston, Ingham and Shiawassee.

Only one driver, a West Michigan man who was driving to Detroit on Saturday, has been hurt.

More than 100 local police, sheriff's deputies, state troopers and federal agents are part of a specially formed task force for the case.

The reward in the case was increased Monday from $12,000 to $102,000.

Drivers say they're on edge

"It's to the point now where anybody here sees a cop pulling anybody over, we're like, 'Is that the shooter?'" said Tommy Newman. He works two jobs, including one at a Subway at I-96 and Grand River. He said he doesn't use I-96 to get to work anymore. "I take Grand River now. So, it's like an extra 20 minutes now. I'm not going to risk it," Newman said.

Lance Wescott is visiting the area from Atlanta.

"I'm very nervous. I have a picture of my late mother in the car with me right now to watch over us as we travel down I-96 on the way to the office," he said.

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