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