Road rage leads to shots fired into car with children inside in north Charlotte

CHARLOTTE — Road rage in north Charlotte led to shots being fired into a car, with children inside, Wednesday on Interstate 85 between North Graham Street and W.T. Harris Boulevard, police said.

Grace Lowe said she was driving on Interstate 85 with four others, including three children, in her car when another driver cut her off and slammed on his brakes.

Lowe’s friend was in the front passenger seat. Lowe’s 11-year-old and 12-year-old daughters were in the backseat along with her six-month-old nephew, who was in a car seat.

Her passengers said the man had a gun and was pointing it at them.

“And I look over at him and sure enough, as he’s passing by, he points a gun,” Lowe said.

Lowe said the red car with tinted windows slowed down to be next to her.

“The look in his eyes,” Lowe said. “You can tell there was nothing. He didn’t care. He didn’t. He didn’t care about me. Didn’t care about anybody else on that road.”

She was staring down the barrel of the gun.

“I’m thinking there’s no way like there’s no possible way a human being would have that much disregard for human life to blatant just shoot with kids in the car,” Lowe said.

She believes the cars were going between 65 mph and 70 mph when it happened.

“He looks at me,” Lowe said. “He shakes his head, and then he just shoots.”

Lowe said she could smell the gunpowder.

“The kids dove. I was scared,” she said. “They were scared. And I’m like, Oh, my God. Oh, my God.”

She pulled off on the Graham Street exit and into the 7-Eleven to find a bullet hole in the back door inches from the three kids.

“I thank God, that, you know, even though it happened, that it turned out how it did,” Lowe said. “Because it could have been way worse for sure. For not just myself, but for everyone else on the highway, as well.”

She couldn’t get a license plate number.

Police are still looking for the car.

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Hannah Goetz

Hannah Goetz, wsoctv.com

Hannah is a reporter for WSOC-TV.