MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - A Good Samaritan helped to prevent a dangerous situation after a case of road rage erupted at a local mall in the hectic holiday rush.
The incident started with two angry drivers speeding off I-24 and down Old Fort Parkway and to the Stones River Mall in Murfreesboro. When they got to the mall, one driver jumped out of the car and pulled a gun inside a parking lot crowded with shoppers.
Les Trotman watched the two men faceoff one with a .40 caliber gun, the other with a 9mm.
"The man was holding the weapon, yelling and using profanity when he did it," said Trotman.
Trotman and his wife took cover and called 911 for help. The Trotmans did what they could to keep other innocent bystanders out of harm's way, yelling at other people in the parking lot to get back in their cars.
Kyle Evans with Murfreesboro Police said officers quickly arrived on the scene. Both men were questioned and told essentially the same story: One stated that: "... a van cut him off on the interstate."
The other admitted: "... he accidentally cut him off on the interstate" ... and that driver then was "... pointing a gun at him."
"It boils down to a road rage incident that ended up at a busy shopping center," said Evans.
Evans said it's just very lucky that no shots were fired. Police also said the two angry drivers had proper permits for their weapons, but used incredibly bad judgment. They weren't arrested at the scene, but both could end up facing aggravated assault charges.
Officials also expressed concern that this incident could be part of a growing trend. They've seen a spike the past couple of weeks in the number of reported road rage incidents not just in Murfreesboro, but across the mid-state. They attribute it to the stress and tension that can come with holiday travel.