Phenix City family fears for safety after highway shooting - WRBL

Phenix City family fears for safety after highway shooting

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Bullet entered Eiland's muffler through the right side of his car Bullet entered Eiland's muffler through the right side of his car
COLUMBUS, Ga. - A case of road rage led to bullets flying on J. R. Allen parkway this week, and the incident left one family afraid for their lives.

When Brent Eiland and his four family members got in their car to head to a birthday dinner Wednesday, they anticipated an evening like any other. What they got however, was a shock so strong, they were still shaken from the incident two days later.

"It was frightening," says Eiland. "I mean, you're riding down the highway, and someone starts shooting at you. The only thing I could think to do was try to stay behind him, because if I get in front of him he's got a clear shot to shoot at me, but if I'm behind him, it's hard to shoot over your shoulder."

Eiland says he had seen the navy blue Honda Accord driving erratically when he got on the highway in Phenix City Wednesday evening. He says the driver tried to pass the family two or three times, but the evening rush trapped him in with everyone else.

Approaching Bradley Park Drive, Eiland says the man gave him the middle finger, so he returned the gesture. But he never expected what happened next.

He recalls, "I seen him reach down...I thought he was going for a cell phone, something like that, but he pulled his gun out. When I seen the gun, I swerved at him real hard, real close to his car, trying to be evasive and make him grab the wheel and drop his gun or something and drive. It didn't phase him. He didn't even flinch. He just stuck his gun out the window, and POW!"

Eiland says he heard three shots, but there could have been more. One bullet went into the muffler on the right side of the car, where you can still hear it shaking inside.

Eiland says a few feet higher, and it could have easily hit his son sitting in the back seat.


"I don't remember cutting anybody off," he says. "I mean, everybody has a day with road rage. I'm the first to agree, I get in a hurry, and 'come on, let's go!' you know. I don't know. I really don't have any idea what he was so angry about."

Eiland got a good look at the shooter. He says the driver was a tall, black man with a long beard about 25 to 35 years old.

If you have any information about this incident, you're asked to call Columbus Police Investigative Services at 706-653-3400.

Jessi Mitchell

Jessi joined the WRBL news team in October 2012 after working as a freelance production assistant for MTV Networks in Los Angeles.
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