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Suspect in I-575 road rage shooting turns self in

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Woodstock police say they arrested a man who pulled out a gun along 575 and shot a person, simply because he didn’t like the way he was driving. 

Police have not identified the victim, who they say was shot in front of his teenage son, but identify the suspect as 29-year old Matthew Kennedy.

They're still not sure what the victim did to make Kennedy so mad.  They say the victim pulled out of the Race Trac gas station on Ridgewalk Parkway and then turned a few feet later onto the northbound 575 ramp.

"The victim stopped on the on ramp of 575 northbound to try to see what was going on and no words were exchanged.  It’s just Mr. Kennedy pulled up beside him, fired one shot into the vehicle before he took off," said police spokesperson Brittany Duncan.

Police say the driver was hit in the left hand and tried to make it to the hospital on his own, but eventually had to call 911 for help.

"The shock factor is there absolutely, especially for our area.  We don’t see many crimes like this," said Duncan.

Police say there were several witnesses, but before they could track down Kennedy, he turned himself in.  They say a female in the car with him at the time of the shooting urged him to come forward.  Kennedy faces two counts of aggravated assault and one count of aggravated battery and is in custody at the Cherokee Adult Detention Center with at $38,400 bond.

The bullet hit the man in his left hand. His teenage son, who was in the vehicle at the time of the shooting, was not injured. The father was transported to an area hospital where he was treated and released. 

Anyone with further information about the road rage incident can call the Woodstock Police at (770) 592-6000. 

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