Road Rage Gunshot Exchange Between 2 Florida Dads That Left Their Daughters Wounded Now Attempted Murder Case

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Source: Nassau County Sheriff's Office; UNSPLASH

Apr. 7 2023, Published 1:04 p.m. ET

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A road rage exchange that stretched for miles in northeast Florida and left two children with gunshot wounds is now a case of attempted murder.

William Hale, 36, was charged April 6 in Jacksonville with charges that include shooting into a vehicle.

Authorities say Hale drove his pickup truck alongside a sport utility vehicle on U.S. 1 last October and demanded Frank Allison, 44, pull over. Hale's wife reportedly rolled down a window and made an obscene gesture.

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After the drivers exchanged words, a water bottle reportedly was thrown from Hale's truck. WTLV-TV reports Allison responded by grabbing a handgun and firing a shot.

That shot hit Hale's 5-year-old daughter, so Hale reportedly fired his own handgun from behind the SUV. Bullets hit the back of Allison's vehicle, wounding his 14-year-old daughter inside.

Prosecutors believe Hale was at fault. WJXT-TV reports he faces three counts of attempted second-degree murder, three counts of aggravated assault and the shooting charge.


Allison originally was charged with attempted murder. But prosecutors have dropped that charge, citing Florida's “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law based on the throwing of the bottle.

A statement from the Florida State Attorney's Office says both children are expected to make a full recovery. But Allison's daughter had a collapsed lung.

Hale is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday, April 20.


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