A New Hampshire man allegedly shot and killed a tractor-trailer driver in a suspected fit of road rage, authorities said.
About 3:24 p.m. on Oct. 29, Dzemal Cardakovic, 45, was fatally shot in the head in Manchester in the roadway while his son and nephew were in his truck’s cab.
“I had my [medical] kit open and I was ready to use it to see if there was anything I could do to stop the bleeding or anything,” passerby Ryan Connors told the Union Leader about trying to save the victim. “I just knew at that point he was gone. I was on my knees next to him and I realized there was nothing more I could do.”
People had mentioned that the shooter had driven off,” Connors said. “Someone said they got the license plate. There were quite a few witnesses to the actual shooting.”
Around 12 hours later, police took Tyrese Harris, 22, into custody in connection with the deadly incident and charged him with two counts of second-degree murder, according to the publication.
The New Hampsire attorney general explained in a news release the charges against Harris were for “(1) knowingly causing the death of [Cardakovic] by shooting him with a firearm; and alternatively, for (2) recklessly causing the death of Cardakovic under circumstances manifesting an extreme indifference to the value of human life, to wit, Harris shot Cardakovic with a firearm.”
Cardakovic leaves behind a wife, Minela, two sons, Amel and Adem, and a daughter, Jasmina, according to a GoFundMe set up to help pay for the funeral and other expenses.
“He was a normal, good guy,” the victim’s friend and colleague, Irhad Kapidzija, told the Union Leader. “This is just unimaginable for something like this to happen. I am so sad about what happened to him. I am so sad for his family.”
“I am speechless for a loss of life, so senselessly like that over a traffic argument or road rage,” he added.