NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. – Two men have been arrested after two children were injured in a street shooting over the weekend that began in Duval County and extended to Nassau County, authorities said.
At a news conference Monday morning, Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper said the incident happened around 6 p.m. Saturday on US 1 near Callahan and spanned several miles. He noted that many 911 calls were made.
“A guy driving an SUV is driving recklessly,” a 911 call can be heard in audio captured by News4JAX. “I think they’re shipping – they’re both transporting butts.”
According to a witness, Leeper said, there was a black Dodge Ram pickup truck carrying five people and a gray Nissan Murano sport utility vehicle with three people involved in the incident, which one witness described as “cat and mouse game”.
William Joseph Hale was driving the Ram and Frank Gilliard Allison was driving the Murano north of US 1 from the Jacksonville area, both “speeding, driving erratically and checking each other’s brakes,” Leeper said.
At some point, according to Leeper, the driver of the Ram stood up next to the Murano, rolled down the windows, and began shouting at the driver of the Murano to pull over. A Murano passenger then rolled down the window and made an obscene gesture, and the driver of the Murano rolled down his window to yell back at the other driver when a plastic water bottle was thrown from the driver’s seat. Ram into the Nissan, according to Leeper.
“According to Allison, the Nissan driver, the water bottle did not injure him or cause him to lose control,” Leeper said.
The sheriff said the driver of the Murano then grabbed his .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol and fired one shot at Ram – going through the right rear passenger door and crashing into a little girl. 5 years old – before speeding. Turn off.
“Allison said the reason he fired his weapon was to get out of the whole situation,” Leeper said. “According to the driver of the Dodge Ram, Hale, he heard a very loud ‘pow’ but didn’t really think about it until people started panicking in the backseat.”
According to the sheriff, the driver Ram, realizing one of the passengers had been shot as Murano sped away, sped up to get close to Murano and began firing multiple shots from his Glock 43 9mm semi-automatic pistol – One of them hit the back of the car and hit the back of a 14-year-old girl, causing her lung to collapse.
“According to driver Dodge, he fired everything in the magazine — seven or eight rounds,” Leeper said.
The mother of one of the children shot could be heard during the 911 call.
“My daughter was shot – please help me,” she said.
A baby can also be heard crying when called.
“I don’t want to die,” said the child.
As both drivers continued north, Leeper said, they spotted a Nassau County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle and stopped. That’s when, according to Leeper, the two drivers got out and started arguing and fighting, and the lieutenant had to break up the fight.
The two injured children were taken to the hospital, and Leeper described their injuries as not life-threatening.
“What’s scarier than a crazy driver with a gun than two crazy drivers with a gun?” Leeper said. “Thankfully, no one was killed in this incident. But things could very easily have turned out that way because the two of them acted stupid and let their temper do the best. There could have been two children dying because of two stupid grown men. “
At one point, Leeper said, another pickup truck was involved in the rampage but was not involved in the shooting.
According to the sheriff, Allison, 43, of Callahan, and Hale, 35, of Douglas, Georgia, were arrested and charged with attempted murder. They were placed in the Nassau County jail but have since been moved out.
Sheriff Leeper advised drivers not to associate with someone if they find themselves in a situation similar to the one over the weekend.
“Someone is aggressively driving around you, let him go. Slow down. Go in the other direction. Get the vehicle description if you can and call the police,” he said.
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