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 Mesquite road rage shooting suspect Leonard Young. (credit: Mesquite Police Dept.)

Mesquite road rage shooting suspect Leonard Young. (credit: Mesquite Police Dept.)

MESQUITE (CBSDFW.COM) –  The victim of what police are calling a road rage incident in Mesquite is sitting up and talking.
That’s amazing, considering he has a 40-caliber bullet lodged in the back of his head.

The bullet is lodged just underneath the back of his skull.

“Every time I swallow, I can feel it in the back of my throat. It’s weird. It almost
feels like it’s touching my esophagus. It’s right next to the spine. An inch over and it
would’ve hit the spine,” said Marcus Scott.

Scott, who’s 29, could have been killed in the road rage incident at 635 South and Town East
Boulevard in Mesquite. It happened around one in the morning when Scott, in a 2000 Silver Saturn, says he pulled up to take a closer look at someone he thought was driving drunk.

“He was all over the road. He was going to hurt somebody,” Scott said.

That man was 23-year-old Leonard Young. Scott says Young flashed a fake police badge at him
and waved at him to pull over.

The victim of what police are calling a road rage incident in Mesquite is sitting up and talking.
That’s amazing, considering he has a 40-caliber bullet lodged in the back of his head.
The bullet is lodged just underneath the back of his skull.
“Every time I swallow, I can feel it in the back of my throat. It’s weird. It almost
feels like it’s touching my esophagus. It’s right next to the spine. An inch over and it
would’ve hit the spine,” said Marcus Scott.
Scott, who’s 29, could have been killed in the road rage incident at 635 South and Town East
Boulevard in Mesquite. It happened around one in the morning when Scott, in a 2000 Silver Saturn,  says he pulled up to take a closer look at someone he thought was driving drunk.
“He was all over the road. He was going to hurt somebody,” Scott said.
That man was 23-year-old Leonard Young. Scott says Young flashed a fake police badge at him
and waved at him to pull over.
Scott says Young pulled over to the shoulder at 635 South and Town East Boulevard.
Scott was already on the phone with a 911 dispatcher and slowed down to take a look at Young’s license plates.
“As soon as I did, he opens the door and jumps out with his badge and his gun and opens
15 rounds,” Scott said.
“It was just fast. It was just POW POW POW POW POW.
Then, the last one went POW and I felt the hit,” Scott said.
Bleeding, Scott said he drove two miles further where an ambulance met him.
Meantime, Leonard Young called Mesquite Police and drove to their station to complain about
Scott.
Sgt. Brian Parrish said, “It speaks to his frame of mind. He expressed he felt endangered and thought he was doing the right thing.”
Police interviewed Young but didn’t think he was intoxicated. They did, however, charge Young
with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
As for Marcus Scott, he said he doesn’t feel lucky. He feels looked after.
“God’s always been watching over me. He’s always watching over me,” he said.
Scott says he’ll have to wait six to eight weeks for the swelling to go down before doctors
try to take the bullet out.

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