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Police: Possible Connection In Road Rage Shootings

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - After two shootings on one interstate, police said they’re trying to figure out if a gunman is taking aim at Dallas drivers.

Investigators are combing through every road rage case on every Dallas highway dating back to the beginning of 2014.

“Since January first, we’ve had seven incidents on the freeways, two on that stretch of LBJ Freeway, which I already mentioned, the others were in other parts of two on and they don’t appear to be related to the two on LBJ,” said Lt. Rich Wilson.

Gail Pinke said a bullet fired at her car came within inches of her passenger side door.

“By the grace of God, this wasn’t my bullet.”

It happened around midnight Monday when she and her husband drove along I-20. On the road just ten minutes, as they drove past the interchange — out of nowhere — a shot rang out.

Pinke said the suspects in an orange Pontiac Vibe drove up right behind them and became aggressive. After pulling over on the highway, the couple switched seats so her husband Gerald could take the wheel.

Dallas police are investigating whether the same suspects are connected to another road rage shooting three days earlier. It happened at 3:30 a.m. along I-20.

The suspects shot at the victims’ car, hitting Sadie Starkey, 19, behind her knee.

“It went in there and then it came out there,” said Starkey. “It didn’t go through any bone; just muscle and tissue.”

She is home recovering now.

Police investigators are currently reviewing seven highway shootings — and other complaints about road rage shootings in Dallas.

“We are seeing more offenses of this type but they’re difficult to solve often because you don’t know the exact location we lack physical evidence and there’s a shortage of witnesses often times, said Lt. Rich.

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