In today's volatile climate, random acts of violence seem more commonplace than unexpected. The words "active shooter situation" have become a household term. We know what it means, and we know that it could happen anywhere--from the halls of a high school, to first grade classrooms, to a movie theater, to a facility for the developmentally disabled, to our own streets and highways.
Late last night into early this morning, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol began receiving calls of road rage aggression and shots fired on Interstate 40 in Hydro. By the time the shooting spree ended and a suspect was taken into custody, a man and a woman in separate cars and separate cities were dead.
Reports say the incident began shortly before midnight in Canadian County, about 8 miles west of El Reno. There, callers said, a pickup truck ran a vehicle off the road before firing multiple times. The driver of the vehicle was shot, and his passenger called 9-1-1. However, the man died of his injuries at the scene.
That was not the end of the pickup driver's violent rage. The driver continued along I-40, with reports coming in of shots fired near the border of Caddo and Custer counties. An officer searching for the suspect found another driver shot near mile marker 88 in Weatherford. She was transported to a local hospital, where she died of her injuries.
Several semi truck drivers also reported someone shooting at them, but no other drivers or passengers were injured than the man and woman who were killed near El Reno and Weatherford.
Oklahoma Highway patrol troopers near Clinton spotted a truck meeting the description of the vehicle involved in the shooting spree and attempted to pull over the vehicle. The pickup led the troopers on a chase into Washita County before turning around and eventually coming to a stop in Custer County.
The driver of that truck was arrested on a complaint of driving under the influence. As of this writing, the OHP and other law enforcement agencies are investigating the two murders and related shootings. They have not indicated whether or not they the driver pulled over for DUI early this morning is, in fact, the suspected shooter. At this time, that person is only held on suspicion of DUI.
Charges filed in the incident once a suspect is identified will likely include crimes such as first degree murder, assault and battery with a deadly weapon, shooting with intent to kill, and use of a vehicle to facilitate the discharge of a firearm.
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