Man arrested, accused in I-85 road-rage shooting involving child

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. — A man was arrested Thursday night in Clover and charged in connection with a road-rage shooting on I-85 in Gaston County earlier this week, authorities said.

Jonathan Williams, 26, of Clover, was charged with attempted murder.

(Jonathan Williams)

Luke Duvay told Channel 9 he got onto northbound I-85 when a silver Toyota Camry, which police said was driven by Williams, started tailgating him. Duvay said he got into the far left lane, but seconds later the car was right behind him again with hazard lights on.

"I was like, 'Maybe there is an emergency and he is trying to get to the hospital,'" Duvay said.

Duvay changed lanes, but said the car got behind him again.

Duvay thinks that Williams believed he cut him off. Williams is accused of pulling up beside Duvay and waving a gun.

"He looked at me with anger," Duvay said. "I was like, 'I have a baby in the car, don't shoot.' That instant I just turned around and he fired a shot in the window," Duvay said.

The shot came within inches of hitting him and his 18-month-old daughter, Duvay said.

Duvay sped off and stopped at the next exit, where he called 911.

A woman in the home said that Williams is not a violent person. She said someone riding with him claimed there was road rage on both sides, but there are no excuses if he fired a shot.

"I don't know who he was, but he was driving crazy. I was trying to let him get over to pass me. He kept trying to pass me. I guess he got angry," Duvay told the 911 dispatcher.

Authorities said a witness saw the entire incident and got Williams' license plate number, which helped make the arrest.

Williams told a judge Friday that has never been in trouble before, and he has no criminal record in York County.

Williams also said he had a brain injury that makes it hard for him to follow some conversations.

The judge told Williams that he can't get out on bond while he is in North Carolina.

Officers in Gaston County have 20 days to extradite Williams.

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